* Flags off distribution of palliatives in Sokoto
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
Vice-President Kashim Shettima has emphasized the commitment of President Bola Tinubu-led administration to prioritize the welfare of Nigerians in its programmes and policies.
Shettima, who stated this on Monday while flagging of the distribution of palliatives worth N5.1 billion by the Sokoto State Government, said: “President Bola Tinubu is a compassionate leader that sleeps and wakes up each day with thoughts of how to alleviate the plight of Nigerians especially the vulnerable among us.
“He is committed to promoting the welfare of citizens of this country, that is why he will soon introduce robust programmes that will help improve the living condition of citizens.”
Commenting on the distribution of palliatives by the Sokoto State government, the vice-president described it as “a very laudable initiative by the governor worthy of emulation by other state governments”.
On the donation of operational vehicles to security agencies by the state government, Shettima said: “the Federal Government is very appreciative of the support the state government is giving security agencies operating in the state. The vehicles you have purchased for them will help a lot in maintaining peace and order in Sokoto because there can be no development without peace.”
The vice-president also praised BUA Group — a cement production company based in the state — for donating 10 patrol vehicles to security agencies.
Shettima then called on “other private organizations in the state to emulate the BUA Group and support our security agencies”.
The vice-president also inaugurated the Rijiyar Doruwa flyover, constructed by the state government at the cost of N5.3 billion.
Earlier in his remarks, the Sokoto State Governor, Ahmed Aliyu, said the distribution of palliatives was “to address the plight of our people especially the poor among us”.
“We have also decided to assist our security agencies so as to tackle security challenges in the state,” he said.
The governor further disclosed that N5.1 billion was spent on the procurement of grains “for distribution, free of charge, to our people no matter their religion or party affiliation”.
The event also featured the unveiling of a transportation scheme by the state government, comprising the provision of 20 Toyota Camry cars, exclusively for use by women, as well as 50 mass transit buses for inter-city transportation service at affordable rates.