The governor of Abia State, Alex Otti has commenced palliative sharing in the state to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
Governor Otti, during the flag-off event in Micheal Okwara Auditorium in Umuahia, the state capital, said that the food items were meant for the poorest of the poor to mitigate the effects of the economic hardship on them.
He warned that no government appointees should receive one grain.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Policies and Interventions, Rev. Fr. Christian Uche Anokwuru, the governor added that the palliatives were only a show of empathy for the people as more sustainable initiatives were being implemented in phases.
Recall that at least 3,000 bags of rice were said to have been shared in the first phase to political wards in the state, while the state has commenced distribution of the 12,600 bags received in the second phase.