The Ogun state Governor has emphatically said that the state will begin the distribution of palliatives to citizens to ease the suffering caused by the scarcity of the Naira and fuel. The governor, Dapo Abiodun, said this on Friday, stating that his administration would have to intercede in the suffering of the people.
He confidently stated that:
“As a responsible administration, despite all the aforementioned, and worried about how long this has taken to resolve, we have decided to directly provide palliatives to the poor and vulnerable citizens across the length and breadth of the state. Also, we will be distributing the first phase of 400,000 food items through our social investment officers in each local government to the communities starting from this weekend.”
The governor further urged the youths in the state to shun violent protests. He said, “necessary measures are being taken. In the next few days, you will see in concrete terms the manifestations of the relief being sought.”
This is coming on the back of ugly protests which escalated on Tuesday, featuring shootings and vandalisation of public and private properties. Previously, banks became the target of attacks across the state capital. This happened as protesters destroyed automated teller machines (ATMs) at different points. Consequently, one person was shot during an attempt by hoodlums to rob a branch of First Bank in Sapon.
Furthermore, pictures on social media have surfaced with the governor visiting the victim and taking responsibility for his medical bill. This intervention by the Ogun State government through the provision of palliative promises to ease the lives of citizens.
The mayhem was reduced on Wednesday, allowing many banks to offer skeletal services. See more on this here.