Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday, announced he was raising the number of households being targeted for palliatives from 300,000 to 400,000 households.
Each household will be made up of six family members to be multiplied by 400,000 which, by implication, moves Zulum’s new target to 2.4 million individuals.
Governor Zulum had, on August 1, 2023, while launching a new phase of palliatives’ distribution, announced a target of 300,000 households each with six persons which will multiply to 1.8 million individuals.
At the time Zulum announced the target, the presidency had not announced its intervention of N5 billion to each of the states.
With the recent announcement of N5 billion intervention to states, Governor Zulum on Monday said he was raising his initial target by additional 100,000 households which will multiply to 600,000 individuals.
“Today we are here to distribute palliative to 100,000 vulnerable households under the Presidential Initiative, this is in addition to the 300,000 households Borno State Government had rolled out early this month,” Zulum told journalists at former Bakasi IDPs camp, venue of the distribution exercise.
He added, “You may recall that the Federal Goverment has announced N5 billion to all states and with that amount we intend to reach an additional 100,000 vulnerable families.”
The governor further explained that the Presidential Initiative is a collaboration between the Federal Goverment, States and Local Governments.
The Federal Goverment, he noted, is granting 52% of the total amount while the State and Local Governments will refund 48% of the amount.
Since July, Zulum accelerated palliatives to mitigate the impact of rising fuel prices on the lives of citizens.
The palliatives were so far distributed at Gwoza, Kukawa, Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council to thousands of families benefiting.
The state’s deputy governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, on Monday, flagged off a similar distribution in Biu town.
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum once again expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for his timely support to state governments.
Zulum noted that Nigerians in the long term will benefit from President Tinubu’s policies and programmes.
He said the fuel subsidy removal despite the short-term difficulties is seen as a stepping stone towards broader economic reforms aimed at promoting sustainable development in Nigeria.