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Following the outcry by the public over the harsh economic conditions occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy, the Ondo State government has set up a nine-man committee to work out modalities for implementing palliatives for the people.

This is also coming after approval was given by the National Assembly for President Bola Tinubu’s N500billion for serve as palliatives for suffering Nigerians.

The decision was taken at the state executive council meeting on Thursday.

The Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Femi Agagu, who led the briefing said, the council deliberated on the state of affairs of the state, particularly the pains of residents ocasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

It is however, not certain how the state government intends to fund the palliatives.

The nine-man committee is by Chief of Staff to Governor, Olugbenga Ale.

Its terms of reference, amongst other things, is to fashion out an enduring palliatives measures to remedy the excruciating effects of fuel subsidy removal “within available resources.”

Other members of the committee are the Head of Service, Kayode Ogundele; Commissioner of Finance, Wale Akinterinwa; Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget, Emmanuel Igbasan; Special Adviser on Education, Wunmi Ilawole; Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Dare Aragbaye; Special Adviser on Transport, Tobi Ogunleye; Chairman of ODIRS, Tolu Adegbie and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Bayo Philips, who will serve as Secretary of the committee.

There had been calls by residents on the state to do something about the hardship faced by due to increased petrol price, especially with governments of other states already taken measures.

The calls were however muffled by controversies arising from the ill-health of the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Mr Agagu, while speaking on the infrastructure projects disclosed that, the council approved the award of contract for the construction of 4.75Km selected roads in Igbobini and Agadagba, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area.

He added that, the construction of 1000m concrete walkway at Obe-Nla in Ilaje Local Government Area was also approved by the council.

On the flood situation; Council commiserated with victims of flood and erosion situation in the state, particularly in Akure, the State capital as government appealed to residents to always embrace good environmental habits.

Special Adviser on Environment, Oyeniyi Oseni who spoke on the subject said government has taken steps to contain floods in the State.

He aso said that government had deployed equipments to clear flood prone areas in the State.

“Council has approved the construction of flood channels, drainage system and improved drainage network that will help to end the perennial flooding and erosion in the State,” he said.

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