After the federal government removed fuel subsidies, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Pst Umo Eno, formed a committee of 18 people to distribute relief aid to the people of the state.
While formally inaugurating the Committee on Wednesday in Uyo, the governor urged its members to treat everyone fairly and distribute the supplies uniformly.
Pst Eno, who reported that the state had received 3,000 bags of rice from the federal government, charged the Committee with evaluating the situation and making recommendations to the state government.
He emphasized that the distribution should be completed within two weeks, taking into account economic realities and available cash in the State.
“Aside from the recommendations, we have to know how you want us to make it trigger down so that you will also be part of the implementation not just for Civil Servants but for Akwa Ibomites generally, particularly to the most vulnerable, those that really need these things.
I will do all it takes to mitigate these consequences, but it must be within the means of the State Government, he promised.
The Governor commended organized labor for the collaboration his government has enjoyed, praising the peaceful conduct of the August 2 demonstration as lawful and in line with the foundations of democracy, and reiterating his administration’s commitment to workers’ welfare in the state.
He promised to keep working to invigorate the government’s workers, calling it “the engine room of government.” We’ll take care of anything that comes up with tips and extras like that.
‘By the grace of God, there will seldom be any two months that we don’t do something about gratuity,’ the Governor vowed.
After the inauguration, NLC Chairman Comrade Sunny James spoke to reporters, praising the Governor for his honesty in setting up the Committee before the end of the ten days he had promised, and assuring the Governor of labor’s support in making sure the palliatives reach those who need them in the state.
Comrade According to Sunny James, the current price of transportation threatens the economic fortune of workers, and he has urged the federal and state governments to explore palliative measures to also soften such challenges, beyond food for the lowest of the poor.
Prince Enobong Uwah, Secretary to the State Government, serves as Chairman, while Mr. Frank Archibong, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, serves as Secretary; Comrade Sunny James, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress; and fifteen other members are selected from Government, Organized Labour, and Civil Society Organizations.