Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOS), the United Action Front of Civil Society has expressed concern over the N8,000 monthly palliative of President Bola Tinubu led administration of the All progressives Congress (APC), following the fuel subsidy removal….[Continue Reading]
According to the leadership organised platform of the Nigerian civil society stated that the palliative is another grand deceit by the government for the yet to be disclosed 12 million poor and vulnerable households.
The group in a press statement on Sunday signed by Olawale Okunniyi, Head, National Coordinating Centre, United Action Front of Civil Society, noted that it is no longer in doubt that the N500 million approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday 13, 2023 as part of the amendment to the 2022 supplementary appropriation Act for the provision of palliative would be funded through an additional $800 million World Bank loan approved by the Senate.
The statement read, “It’s therefore worrisome that the new administration is treading in the erroneous indebtedness of its predecessor. The United Action Front of Civil Society however laments the reality of making the same poor citizens of Nigeria take the bitter pill of repaying a wrongheaded loan supposedly being acquired in their interest in the nearest future.
“It’s also beyond doubt that the meagre monetary palliative could barely feed a family of two for five days considering the fact that the fuel price hike in the name of subsidy removal has deepened the proportion of multi-dimensional poverty in the country.
“The leadership of the organised civil society therefore considers the supposed intervention as erroneous and a poorly conceived ploy to hoodwink the masses, who have been unduly trampled and pauperized by the policy of the All progressives congress (APC) government under ex-President Muhammadu Buhari; a trend that is sadly being renewed under the new administration.
“There’re indeed enough reasons to conclude that the N8,000 monthly handout to a mere fraction of the poverty-stifled masses would end up another avenue for the corrupt enrichment of a few clique in power, as witnessed with previous supposed poverty alleviation programmes of the APC, namely the tradermoni scheme, the direct cash transfer and the school feeding programme supervised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management…[Continue Reading]
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