Involve lawmakers in sharing of palliative - Ogun lawmaker advises govt - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, August 27, 2023

Involve lawmakers in sharing of palliative - Ogun lawmaker advises govt

By Demilade Michael

The Deputy Minority Leader of the Ogun State Assembly, Hon. Lukmon Atobatele, has called on the State government to involve the members of the State Assembly in the sharing of the palliatives sent to the state by the federal government, to mitigate the effect of the subsidy removal policy.

Atobatele, also advised the State government not to politicise or monopolise the distribution of grains and money donated to the State by the federal government.  

Atobatele, made  the call in Abeokuta, while reacting to the confirmation by Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi that the State has received the federal government palliatives. 

The lawmaker who commended the state government for acknowledging the consignments, said "members of the Assembly are closer to the people in their constituents, thus the need to carry them along".

He said, "though the SSG assured that the distribution would have nothing to do with political or religious affiliations, it becomes political, if only the ruling party is made to decide solely, how to distribute the palliatives ".

He said "the Assembly should be involved in the distribution to ensure it gets directly to Ogun residents whom the palliatives are meant for and not members of the ruling party alone. 

Atobatele, decried the present hardship the people face, saying "our people now find it hard to eat three square meals or meet basic needs".

"This is a trying time and we must be committed and transparent to our people. This must not be turned a party affair. What happened during the COVID-19 period should not repeat itself. The names of committee members to decide the sharing of the palliatives must be in the open to know who and who are responsible".

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