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Tinubu bows to pressure, orders review of N8,000 palliative

PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has ordered a review of his administration’s plan to provide a monthly N8,000 transfer to 12 million of the poorest households in the nation for six months in an effort to mitigate the consequences of the removal of fuel subsidies.

The strategy was detailed in a letter that was read aloud last Thursday on the House of Representatives’ floor in response to the previous Muhammadu Buhari administration’s request for a $800 million loan for a social safety net program.

The President’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, emphasized in a statement yesterday that the relief package put together by Tinubu did not simply include the cash program.

Alake said the President vowed to always put Nigerians at the heart of his policy and programme.

According to him, Tinubu directed “that the N8,000 conditional cash transfer programmed envisaged to bring succour to most vulnerable households be reviewed immediately”.

He added that “this is in deference to the views expressed by Nigerians against it.”

The President also directed that the entirety of the government’s palliative package be unveiled to Nigerians, while ordering the immediate release of fertilisers and grains to approximately 50 million farmers and households respectively in all the 36 states and the FCT.

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