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Palliatives: Ifako-Ijaiye Council Boss Subsidises Food Items For Residents

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The Executive Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area, Prince Usman Hamzat, on Tuesday, put smiles on the faces of the residents in the council by subsidizing the prices of food items as palliatives to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government.

The gesture, tagged: “Ifako-Ijaiye Subsidy Relief Food Support Programme” attracted the presence of torrents of residents from different wards in the council.

The prices of food items ranged from N500 to N1,000 depending on what residents intended to purchase.

A resident is entitled to two food items amongst a mini bag of rice, beans, garri, a tuber of yam, a cartoon of noodles, a crate of eggs, and other foodstuffs.

While a mini bag of garri was sold for N500, residents purchased other food items for N1,000.

Some of the residents who spoke to AN24 said they had been at the venue of the palliative distribution as early as 5 am to enable them to get a spot amongst the stream of beneficiaries.

Speaking to newsmen, Council the Chairman, Prince Usman Hamzat, stressed that the decision was in line with the current realities in the country and the commitment of the local government to mitigate the effects of the hike in petrol pump price.

He noted that every government has a responsibility to discharge to its citizens, adding that it was what birthed the subsidy on food items that cannot be comparable to anyone.

His words, “The reason for this subsidy is to help the people in the community. Every government has a responsibility to its community and this is part of our duty.

“The subsidy that was removed from fuel has brought some hardship but we expect that because it is always hard to bring a change but it becomes a thing of joy when you see the result later on. Subsidy removal is a thing we have all been expecting and the government has taken a bold step. And we feel doing this is important at the grassroots level to help our community.

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“We have brought in food items at subsidized rates that can’t be comparable anywhere. That is what we are trying to do to bring succor to the populace in our local government.

“Our intention is to subsidize food items once a month, while the free distribution of food will be done twice a month, we will be going to each community to give them free foodstuffs.”

Furthermore, Prince Hamzat commended President Bola Tinubu for the decision to remove the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) popularly called petrol, stating that it was long overdue.

He appealed to Lagosians to give the Federal Government more time to fix the nation.

Beneficiaries of Ifako-Ijaiye palliatives took out time to appreciate the council chairman and his team for their thoughtfulness.

They noted that the gesture will go a long way to reduce the burden of the prices of foodstuffs on them.

The Babaloja-General, Ifako-Ijaiye, Evangelist Samuel, applauded the Council Chairman for the initiative, maintaining that it will help a lot of indigent families who are finding things difficult at the moment.

“It is a very good thing to do for the public, I like it so much. May God give the chairman a long life. It will help people a lot. If you check outside, there are a lot of people there because people are suffering. So, I am certain it will be of great help. What is being sold at N2,500, they sold it for us at the rate of N1,000,” Babaloja, who doubled as a beneficiary said.

Another beneficiary, Shola Gbadeniyi from Ward C2 said he purchased eggs and noodles at the rate of N1,000 each.

“I am so excited about today’s programme by our chairman. More grease to his elbow,” he prayed.

For Mrs. Mariam Badmus, the initiative is timely and will go a long way to make life easier for people in the local government area. 

She said, “They reduced cost and made the items affordable, that is a commendable act. It limits our expenses, it is very important for the government to continue it.”

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