Federal government has said the ongoing disbursement of palliatives to the states will be a continuous exercise until the hardship being experienced by citizens as a result of fuel subsidy removal is addressed.
It appealed to state governments to support its project of reorienting Nigerians, to achieve meaningful development.
The government assured Nigerians of its readiness to implement policies that will promote national values and orientation among the citizens.
The minister of information and national orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, gave the assurance at a reception organised by the Niger State government to honour political leaders from the state at the weekend.
He said the federal government is conscious of the people’s needs, and the eight-point agenda was designed and implemented to address the leading socio-economic challenges and create jobs for the youth.
In his remarks, the governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umar Bago, congratulated those who secured political positions at both the federal and state levels and urged them to be good ambassadors of the state.
He lauded the federal government’s plans to ameliorate the suffering of the citizens, promising that the state governors would play their part in ensuring that the palliatives reach those for whom they were intended.
He noted that Niger State provides opportunities for agriculture with its mass arable land, saying it can play a huge role in the federal government’s desire for more prosperity for Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the minister paid courtesy visits to two former heads of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
At the home of the two statesmen, the minister said visits to elders are part of our cultural heritage, and the fatherly role that they provided for this country over the years will continue to be appreciated. He informed them of the resolve of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to return Nigeria to its path of glory.
General Abdulsalami congratulated President Tinubu’s administration for clocking 100 days in office and the minister, on his appointment.
“The information portfolio is a tough job, having to market the image of the government at a difficult time. I do not, however, doubt your capabilities, considering your media background, I’m sure you will do well.
“The government faced a very difficult situation and inherited many challenges with the economy, fuel subsidies, and security. Nigerians, as a people, want changes to happen quickly. So, my message to them is they should join hands with the government to overcome these challenges,” he said.