In a message of hope to Nigerians in the heat of hardship being faced by the masses , immediate past President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan, has assured them of better days ahead .
Lawan who gave the assurance on Saturday at Filin Katuzu in Bade local government area of Yobe State during distribution of 9,000 bags of grains to his constituents in cushioning the effects of fuel subsidy removal said high cost of living that trailed the policy is being addressed by the government.
He specifically sympathized with Nigerians over the high cost of living that trailed the removal of petrol subsidy but expressed optimism that the policies of the President Bola Tinubu-led government would overtime yield the much desired results.
“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 pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) that this situation comes to an end as quickly as possible. I’m a believer of the fact that the recent policies – especially the withdrawal of petroleum subsidy that is part of the problem – is going to yield the desired results later.
“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,” he said.
The intervention scheme which was undertaken by his foundation – The Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (SAIL) Empowerment Foundation , covered beneficiaries across the 60 wards in the six local government areas of Yobe North Senatorial District.
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.
“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”, he said .