The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Abbas Tajudeen, at the weekend, marked his 100 days in office with the distribution of rice palliatives to 15,000 of his constituents in Zaria Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.
The rice was distributed across 13 wards of Zaria Federal Constituency, which has 584 polling units.
The Speaker’s gesture, under the Phase 1 of his palliative measures, was to cushion the effects of the current hardship faced by Nigerians, especially due to the removal of fuel subsidy.
The Phase 2 of the programme will see another 15,000 constituents of the Speaker benefiting. A total of 30,000 people are billed to benefit from the palliative measure.
The beneficiaries cut across all political parties, including the APC, PDP and the NNPP, among others. They also include religious leaders, traditional rulers, persons with disabilities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The excercise was conducted peacefully as beneficiaries expressed their happpiness over the Speaker’s effort to cushion effects of subsidy removal in the area.
Speaker Abbas was elected overwhelmingly by 353 members out of 359 members seated on June 13, 2023.
The distribution of the palliatives was supervised by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker (Administration), Engr. Jamil Ahmad Muhammad.
The beneficiaries, who were full of appreciation for the gesture, prayed for the Speaker’s success in his tenure.
Musa Abdullahi Krishi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria.