April 13, 2024

Palliative: PDP Governor Releases Over N10bn for Innoson Buses

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By Reporter

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has approved over N10 billion to purchase Innoson’s 58-seater IVM buses to cushion the effect of subsidy removal on the people of his state.

The commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mrs. Neido Geoffrey, disclosed this on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

The Innoson buses are part of the state government’s efforts to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal on the people.

The decision was made at the Adamawa State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, that was presided over by the acting governor, Professor Kaletapwa.

Also on Wednesday, the Adamawa State Government inaugurated a palliative distribution committee with Auwal Tukur, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), as Chairman.

Inaugurating the committee in Yola, Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by his Deputy, Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta, charged the committee to work for residents in the state, irrespective of where they come from.

According to him, the committee was put in place because, the state was the project and people must look at Adamawa as their project, not minding where they came from.

Fintiri therefore charged the committee to adhere to its terms of reference.

She added that the decision was in line with Adamawa state government plan to improve the state’s transportation system.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State last Wednesday, lashed out at President Bola Tinubu’s administration for what he called ‘lack of a clear plan’ to ease the pains of Nigerians after fuel subsidy removal.

While responding to Obaseki, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, urged Obaseki to show more statesmanship as the elections were over.

The Presidency added that, Obaseki was using the nation’s economic challenges to divert attention from his poor performance at the state level.

The statement said Obaseki’s narratives did not provide the complete picture of the state of things as the Edo state governor has “…notably benefited from the fuel subsidy removal, which is evident in the more than doubling of the FAAC allocation between June and July 2023 to Edo State – more than it had ever received pre-fuel subsidy removal.”

Idris however, advised Obaseki to focus on using the increase of the FAAC allocation to drive impactful projects that will genuinely uplift the people of Edo State.

He explained that Obaseki is a member of the National Economic Council (NEC), where far-reaching decisions were taken on the issues he accused Tinubu’s government of, but has been absent in the last two meetings.

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