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DISTRIBUTION/GRAIN:LAWAN SENDS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO………..

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DISTRIBUTION/GRAIN:LAWAN SENDS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO………..

By:Safiya Abdulrahim Dabban

The immediate past Senate President , Ahmad Lawan, has urged Nigerians to stay hopeful in the face of challenges occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy by the federal government.
He made the appeal, while flagging-off the distribution of 9,000 bags of grains as palliatives to his constituents in Yobe North Senatorial District.

The intervention scheme which was undertaken by his foundation – The Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (SAIL) Empowerment Foundation was held at Filin Katuzu in Bade local government area of Yobe State.

The beneficiaries of the intervention are from 60 wards in the six local government areas of Yobe North Senatorial District.

Also to benefit are Muslim religious groups, Christian communities and Persons with Disabilities.

Senator Lawan, sympathized with Nigerians over the high cost of living that trailed the removal of petrol subsidy,and expressed optimism that the policies of the President Bola Tinubu-led government would overtime yield the much desired result.

“We are in dire straits; most of our people are in need of foodstuffs because of recent events and situations and, of course, interventions of government that would yield the desired results in the future.

“People are in serious trouble of feeding themselves. But the federal government has taken a lot of measures, some of which include giving N5 billion to every state; and 5 or 6 trucks of grains to every state including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“This intervention is my token to complement what the federal government and my state has done for my community. These 9,000 bags of grains that I have given is a way of saying, ‘I know your situation, I can do only this, I wish I could do better.’

“We will see a better life, we will see more infrastructural developments in our states and communities, but for now, this is the price we have to pay,” Lawan said.

The former Senate President explained that the distribution of grains as palliatives targets the most vulnerable of his constituents who are unable to cope with high living costs.

He said, “Our target are the most vulnerable, the weakest in our communities, those who are disabled and not able to feed themselves but have to beg.

“But even outside of those who are less than able or disabled, there are people who, ordinarily, could feed themselves, but because of recent events, they are also in need. So, the weakest part of our communities is what we are targeting.

“Our clerics have preached to us the necessity of ensuring that whatever is given to you in trust for others, that you deliver such. And, I’m sure that those 9,000 bags will get to those that this intervention targets.”

Senator Ahmad Lawan urged the people to continue to pray to God and be positive and hopeful that this situation comes to an end.

“So, we tarry a while and pray, as we continue to give support to our government at various levels. This is a situation that will not last for too long.

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