Pressure on states to rev up interventions on food scarcity

State governors are beginning to Asaroll out more palliatives for the people as pressure mounts on them over the current economic crisis.

Some agencies of the federal government are also doubling their efforts to check spiraling costs of food items and other essentials, according to reports from across the country yesterday.

The latest of the pressure came yesterday from the Nigeria Labour Congress which declared 27th and 28th of February as protest days over the current state of the economy and insecurity in the country.

President Bola Tinubu, during his meeting with the governors in Abuja on Thursday, had charged them to put more money such as salary arrears, pension and gratuities in the pockets of the people since the states now receive more financial allocations from the federation account.

“Spend the money; don’t spend the people,” he said.

Many other Nigerians have also been challenging the governors on what they have been doing with the huge allocations accruing to the states following the stoppage of fuel subsidy last year.

Less than 24 hours after the President’s charge, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday presented N3.1 billion to 1,013 retired civil servants in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who spoke during the 103rd Batch Retirement Bond Certificate Presentation ceremony in Ikeja, acknowledged the backlog in the payment of Accrued Rights, but said his focus was to systematically eliminate the backlog.

“I am pleased to announce that we have made substantial progress in this regard and I am confident that before the end of my tenure, our aspiration for a ‘Pay As You Go’ model will be realised,” he said.



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