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I’m not a thief, Nasarawa Gov Sule tells critics

I’m not a thief, Nasarawa Gov Sule tells critics

In continuation of the distribution of palliative across Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule was in Akwanga, headquarters of Akwanga Local Government Area to give succour to the people of the area through the sharing of bags of 7.5kg rice, as well as five thousand naira cash gift to each beneficiary. 

Governor Sule who personally supervised the exercise in Akwanga, on Thursday, used the opportunity of the event to reply his critics.

The Governor urged the people not to pay heed to his detractors because his administration is transparent and accountable to the people. 

“Your son, A. A Sule is not a thief and he will not be a thief. All the money we received, we will show everybody what we received,” he said.

According to him, his is going round the State to distribute 7.5kg bags of rice alongside five thousand naira each to one hundred vulnerable persons drawn from the 147 electoral wards across the 13 l

Local Government areas of the State.

He said this was made possible because Nasarawa State is receiving improved federation allocation following the removal of fuel subsidy by President Ahmed Bola Tinubu. 

While noting that the removal of the fuel subsidy has brought about hardship and economic challenges, Sule assured that President Tinubu and governors are working round the clock to address the prevailing hardship. 

“I want to assure you that President Ahmed Bola Tinubu is aware of the hardship and he is doing a lot to come up with policies and programmes to support and cushion the effects of this hardship.  

“To be fair to the President, the money being saved from the subsidy removal, the Nasarawa State government has been getting improved revenue. I have been saying this since last year. And we have been displaying exactly what we are doing with the money,” he stated. 

The Governor however decried the relentless criticism especially from his home local government area, where the social media is being used to try to discredit his administration. 

He specifically dismissed reports trending on social media indicating that his administration collected N96bn as subvention for the month of February, saying it’s not true.

 “But in reality, our people, especially here in my home of Akwanga, are experts in social media. You will see all kinds of social media stories. I want you to pay less attention to some of these social media stories,” he said.

Governor Sule explained that, as a result of the improved federation allocation, his administration has embarked on a multifaceted approach in order to alleviate the plight of the people currently experiencing hardship and economic challenges. 

As part of this initiative, he said he recently approved one billion naira in order to clear the longstanding gratuity of retirees from 1996 to 2010. He also approved N500m and N250 for the Nasarawa State Health Insurance Agency (NSHIA) and Nasarawa State Drugs Revolving Scheme respectively, to facilitate for vulnerable persons access to healthcare and affordable, quality drugs.

The Governor explained further that, as someone coming from the private sector, it is the goal of his administration to teach the people how to catch fish and not to be giving them fish.

“As somebody who came from the private sector, my ultimate goal is not to be giving handouts. My ultimate goal is teach people how to fish rather than give them fish. 

“The goal is in the area of agriculture that we are supporting our farmers, providing youths with technical and vocational training. That is why you will see that 50 students that got first class degree at Fulafia and 33 at NSUK we trained them so that they can acquire some skills whether in wielding, carpentry, fabrication, building, electrical installation, refrigeration, agriculture, etc.  And then we give them a working capital so that they use the skills to become independent financially,” he added.

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