Human rights advocate Amb. Derrick Oritsematosan Agberen has informed the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of Delta State that the N5 billion palliative President Bola Ahmed Tinubu provided to states is not just for public servants.
He claimed that the purpose was to assist each state government in obtaining food goods for general distribution to the underprivileged, not simply to civil workers.
According to a statement he signed and made available to BANKPAWA on Thursday, the state government has neglected to take into account the fact that the number of civil servants is insignificant in comparison to the number of unemployed and vulnerable individuals who are more adversely affected by the nation’s current depressing economic situation.
He mentioned how the elimination of the gasoline subsidy had a detrimental impact on the costs of goods and services.
According to him, “the civil servants even lead better lives than the unemployed, the majority of petty traders, the elderly, and other less fortunate Deltans.”
He questioned why the state government is just providing the public officials with the subsidised , while disregarding the poor.
Families are contemplating the expectations that will come with the impending start of elementary and secondary schools across the State and are unable to afford three square meals anymore.
“How will they pay for the tuition? How will they handle the demands of a fresh session? For most families, it is a depressing period.
“The State Government ought to show the same compassion. For everyone who resides in the State, palliative care should be accessible on an equal basis.
Without a doubt, the current difficulty has led to a lot of people committing crimes at different levels. A girl child might sell her body to meet her wants, while a guy child might engage in serious fraud, rituals, and other depraved behavior.
The situation of Deltans is getting worse, and leaving a region of the state now would be the height of inhumanity.
“The Delta State Government can either purchase food products for distribution to those households or pay the unemployed/vulnerable persons and poor families in the State twenty thousand naira (N20,000) each month for a predetermined length of time.
“This will lessen the impact of the elimination of fuel subsidies, which has only caused anguish and despair among the populace. Delta State is not merely for the government employees who live there.