Akwa Ibom Spend 5 Billion on Palliative

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Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom has said that his government has spent N5 billion on the palliative scheme.
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The governor, who made this known on Wednesday, September 6, in his address to mark his 100 days in office, disclosed that the government has commenced the distribution of additional bags of rice to each of 2,272 villages.

He added that the government has also done cash transfers to 53,000 workers for three, months as well as embarked on levy-free Fridays for transporters for a period of three months.

He said: “Distribution of additional bags of rice to each of the 2,272 gazetted villages; cash transfers to 53,000 workers in the State for three months, levy-free Fridays for transporters and traders for three months; all these have raised our contributions to the palliatives scheme to over 5 billion Naira.

In agriculture, he said that the state government has acquired over 50,000 hectares of land across the 31 local government councils of the state and signed a memorandum of Understanding with Songhai Farms to tackle food insecurity in the state

He said: “To ignite our agricultural revolution in line with our ARISE Agenda, we have acquired over 50 thousand hectares of land in all the 31 local government areas, to ensure food security and to get our people involved in agro-allied enterprises.

“As a practical demonstration of this resolve, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the world-renowned Songhai Farms to start a model farm in our State.

“We have already sent hundreds of our people for training so they could form the nucleus of the skilled workers to drive this exercise.”

While stating that education remains free and compulsory at primary and secondary levels, the governor said as part of the palliatives his government intends to support parents with uniforms, shoes, and payment of bursary to students

He said: “Education remains free and compulsory at primary and secondary school levels and as part of the palliatives we are rolling out, based on the initial 2 billion Naira we received from the Federal Government, in the form of loan and rice, we intend to support parents with school uniforms, shoes and the payment of bursary to students in tertiary instructions after proper verifications.

“Our commitment to the payment of WAEC fees is irrevocable and we have already done so since we came in”

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