By Abdullahi Tukur
The Kebbi State government, is to spent over five billion naira on palliatives to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
The Governor, stated this while receiving the leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Kebbi state chapter, on a courtesy visit at Government House Birnin Kebbi.
Governor Idris, admitted that nobody could deny the fact that “people are hungry”, assuring that he “is a member of Presedential committee which had already roll out modalities on how to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
According to him, Kebbi State had so far received N2 billion out of the N5 billion promised by the Federal Government and assured that, the state and 21 Local Government Councils would provide between N3.5 and N4 billion to buy grains for onward distribution to the citizens to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
He assured that, NLC would be given its fair share separately for onward distribution to its members,
Earlier, the Kebbi state chapter Chairman of NLC, Comrade Murtala Usman, said they were in Government House to brief the governor on issues regarding the union’s nationwide strike.
He, however, confirmed that the state government had already engaged the union leadership in dialogue, saying, we have been in discussion with government delegation under the Secretary to the State Government.
Usman stressed the need for government to look into the possibility of reducing work days arising from subsidy removal and create other alternatives to ameliorate workers plights.
Likewise the Governor, directed for the immediate payment of this years leave grant to all categories of workers in the state including local government and local education Authourity.