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State Governor Declares THREE Days  Public Holiday For Palliative Distribution   

State Governor Declares THREE Days  Public Holiday For Palliative Distribution


Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago has declared Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week as public holidays to allow for the effective distribution of palliatives to residents across all the 25 Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor in a maiden Press Conference held at the Government House Minna explained that the state government augmented N250 million to the N5 billion palliative given to the state.

Below are the highlights of the modalities adopted for distribution:

**N2 billion cash received so far from the Federal government.

**All the Wards in Suleja, Chanchaga, Bida and Kontagora Local Governments are to have N20 million per ward.

***All the Wards in the remaining 21 Local Government Areas of the State will get 10 million Naira each.

***Traditional Institutions to get N80 million.

***Internally Displaced Persons to get N75 million.

***Logistics and Organized Labour, to gulp N110 million

***Political parties to get N150 million.

***All the money is to hit the Local Government council Account by Monday next week.

*** the cash will be injected into the local markets in the state.

**Five trucks of Rice will be distributed to each Ward of the 25 Local Government Areas.

***40,000 bags of Maize is still anticipated from the Federal government and the state government will add 10,000 bags to make it 50,000 bags for distribution to all the polling units across the state.

***The palliatives are not free as the State and Local Governments will pay back 58% of the N5 billion in 20 months while the Federal government will take 42%.

***Local Government and Ward Committees are to decide what food items to buy depending on the needs of their people.

*** Standing Committees comprising Former and serving public office holders are to ensure effective and efficient distribution.

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