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I have no power to order governors to share palliatives – Tinubu tells Nigerians

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to vote against governors performing below expectation, saying he can’t control their actions with regards to the petrol subsidy removal palliatives.

Tinubu said that as president in a democratic system, he cannot give orders to the states on policies and projects to implement.

He spoke on Thursday, August 24 at the Presidential Villa while charging the people to hold their state governors accountable.

The president said; “The people reside in the states. Even if I set up a panel, I will have to go through the governors and the local governments. We will continue to talk to the governors. Nigerians must hold them accountable.

“It’s unheard of that in a constitutional democracy, a president will sit here and give orders to states. I can only appeal to them to implement. The people reside in the states, and if the governor is not doing well, the people must vote them out.”

This is coming after the federal government announced a N5 billion palliative for the 36 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), to cushion the impact of the removal of the petrol subsidy.

Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum made made the announcement in Abuja while addressing State House correspondents after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima .

Speaking on the decision reached at the NEC meeting, Zulum said the N5 billion is to enable the state governments to procure 100,000 bags of rice, 40,000 bags of maize and fertilizers to cushion the effect of food shortage across the country.

“This funding has to be shared with a formula as follows: 52 percent of this money is given to states as grants, while 48 percent of the N5billon is to be paid back on an instalment basis within a period of 20 months to the CBN by the states and the local government areas in Nigeria.

“The council has taken bold decisions in order to ensure the speedy release of grains and other items to cushion the effects of subsidy removal on the less privileged in society.

“The council has also taken note of the $800 million loan and insists that it be strictly used for the intended purpose and based on an accurate and acceptable register. The $800 million announced by the president will go to Nigerians in accordance with an accurate social register.

“Furthermore, the council has also noted the package that was announced by the president in order to cushion the effect of subsidy removal, amounting to about N500 billion.

“This fund has to be distributed to the following sectors MSMEs: industrial sector, about N125 billion, will go to cash transfers, agricultural sector as well as gas expansion for buses.

“And because of the increasing cost of fossil fuel, the federal government intends to establish more gas stations in Nigeria and procure more gas-powered buses, CNG buses, as well as electric buses,” he said.