Palliatives: FCT distributes 12,000 bags of rice in 6 area councils


By Abdullahi Muhammad, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has Monday, distributed 12,000 bags of rice and maize to vulnerable households across the six Area Councils in Abuja.

The Minister Barr. Nyesom Wike, said during the distribution in Kwali Area Council, that each of the council would get 2000 bags of rice and maize.

Wike, who was represented by Mr Bitrus Garki, Mandate Secretary, Area Council Secretariat, FCTA, explained that the exercise was part of the ongoing distribution of palliatives to vulnerable residents. 

“You may recall that about two weeks ago, the FCT Administration organised an event where some of the food items were distributed to various groups.

“This includes Area Councils, representatives of 17 Chiefdoms, religious organisations, civil servants and vulnerable groups. 

“The feedback we received from that exercise was incredibly encouraging, which is why we are expanding the distribution today.

“Today, we are gathered here to carry on with this noble gesture, aligning it with the renewed
hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu, which aims to instill hope for a better future for all Nigerians.

“Under this phase of the distribution, we are bringing the items closer to the people, ensuring direct outreach to the vulnerable groups, taking place simultaneously in all the six Area Councils of the FCT,” he said. 

He further explained that each Area Council would receive 2,000 bags of rice and maize to be distributed to vulnerable households in the councils to support their families, while urging the beneficiaries to utilize the items for the betterment of their families. 

He advised the beneficiaries to refrain from selling the food items, stressing that the palliatives were intended to provide sustenance during these challenging times.

According to him, the initiative is an integral part of the Federal Government’s approach to mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy which unfortunately has resulted in increased food market prices. 

“We recognise the challenges faced by our fellow citizens and it is our responsibilities to address these hardships and provide necessary support during these challenging times.”

Speaking, the Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Mr Danladi Chia, commended President Tinubu and Wike for the support and promised to ensure that the palliative gets to the targeted beneficiaries.