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Soludo rolls out palliatives for Anambra residents over subsidy removal

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Soludo rolls out palliatives for Anambra residents over subsidy removal

Story from Vincent CHIKAMSO, Abuja

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has unveiled a series of interim palliative measures aimed at alleviating the impact of the recent fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria.

According to Naija News, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) made this known in a state broadcast on Monday.

Soludo revealed that his government will distribute bags of rice to over 300,000 households in the coming weeks across the 326 wards in the state.

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The governor announced that his administration will provide free antenatal services and free delivery services to pregnant mothers in state primary health centres and general hospitals.

He said the Internal Generation Revenue (IGR) payments of all transporters including keke, and minibuses are hereby reduced by 20 percent with effect from September, 1.

The governor added that artisans, okada riders and other categories of petty traders will be exempted from all forms of taxation and levies.

He said: “In the meantime and over the remaining four months of the year (September – December) as well as within the context of our 2023 budget framework, we are rolling out a few immediate- and medium-term measures.

“The following highly vulnerable persons are exempted from all forms of taxation/levies: hawkers; wheelbarrow and truck pushers; vulcanizers; artisans, okada drivers; petty traders with a capital of less than N100,000.

“The IGR payments of all transporters including keke, minibus, etc are hereby reduced by 20 percent with effect from September, 1.

“Henceforth, we will provide free antenatal services and free delivery services to pregnant mothers in state primary health centres and general hospitals.”

Soludo said he looked forward to partnering with the federal government to ensure that residents of Anambra benefit from the conditional grant of N50,000 to no fewer than 1,300 businesses in the 21 LGA.

He also expressed Optimism that the residents will have access to the N100 billion Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) commercial agricultural loan and other facilities that can be collected at nine percent interest.

Soludo also said he has approved the repair of all serviceable public servants’ staff buses currently under the office of the head of service to facilitate the movement of state workers.

The governor added that tuition will remain free for pupils and students in and from primary school to junior secondary school 3.

He said: “We will be applying to purchase many of the CNG-fueled buses to be provided by the federal government for intra-state transportation,” he added.

“We are getting ready to deal with the heavy flooding expected to massively affect eight local governments and have made arrangements for resettlements of those living in flood-prone areas.

“Basic education from primary school to JSS3 remains tuition free for all public schools and we are reviewing the plethora of other levies, fees, and charges in these schools”.

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