Comprehensive Palliatives Implementation Faces Slow Progress as Deadline Approaches

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) tasked with delivering comprehensive palliatives to cushion the effects of the removal of petrol subsidy is facing challenges as the deadline draws near. President Bola Tinubu formed the committee on June 19, granting them an eight-week timeframe to fulfill their mandate.

The committee, chaired by Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State, comprises members such as Governors Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Charles Soludo of Anambra, Uba Sani of Kaduna, and Hyacindu Alia of Benue, along with representatives from Organised Labour and Civil Society Organisations.

However, there are concerns that the committee is not progressing at the anticipated speed, putting the August 18 deadline for the report submission at risk. TUC President, Mr. Festus Osifoh, who represents TUC on the committee, expressed this concern after a meeting in Abuja. He urged the government to expedite the process and ensure that all committees submit their reports within the next two weeks to meet the stipulated timeframe. The committee’s primary goal is to avoid prolonged discussions while Nigerians suffer, facing challenges like trekking long distances to work.

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Mr. Osifoh outlined the key areas of focus for the technical committees, which include cash transfers, intervention funds, cost of governance reduction, energy and power solutions (CNG as an alternative to PMS), refinery repairs, education and health, and mass transit.

Governor Nasir Idris reassured Nigerians that the committee is diligently working to bring relief and ease the current difficulties caused by the subsidy removal. He emphasized the need for patience, support, and cooperation from all Nigerians to achieve the goals set forth by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in establishing the committee.

As the deadline approaches, many are anxiously waiting to see how effective the palliatives will be in alleviating the burden on Nigerians impacted by the subsidy removal. The committee’s success in delivering tangible solutions will determine its effectiveness and impact on the lives of the people.

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