Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State is set to begin distribution of palliatives across the various polling Units in the State after flagging off the exercise.
This came to light after he acknowledged the receipt of N2 billion from the N5 billion federal government intervention fund met to cushion the effects of recent removal of petrol subsidy.
Responding to criticisms of his government on social Media, governor Sule in a statement on Sunday, clarified that N5 billon was shared to the states, only N2 billion has so far been released by the federal government.
“We will be visiting all our polling units to give the items directly to the people because this is not about politics or a political party.
“Even the vegetable oil and spaghetti being distributed alongside the rice sent by the Federal government, was purchased by the State government, as explained by the Commissioner, Ministry of Humanitarian Services and NGOs, Hon Margaret Elayo.
“The noise being generated on the social media about the quantity of food items being distributed is rather unfortunate and very unnecessary”, Governor Sule said, “only 3000 bags of rice was sent to Nasarawa State, with a population of over two million people!”.
The Governor while urging residents of the State to be patient with his administration in handling the distribution of the palliatives said, “People of Nasarawa State should be wary of mischief makers and political jobbers, who would always find excuse to criticize government activities and actions, Governor Sule said.
President Bola Tinubu, had announced that N5 billion will be shared to the 36 State governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and provide palliative for Nigerians in response to the new petrol price hike nationwide.