Obiano is under pressure to use 50 per cent of security votes to provide
palliatives in a bid to cushion the effects of coronavirus in the state.
of 10kg rice to elderly people from 70 years and above in the 179 communities
of the state, waived toll fees for tricycle operators and promised to give 400
bags of rice to youths across the state, but some individuals are clamouring
for more, insisting that the state receives over N1.2b monthly as security
artiste, Aiza Nwosu and a philosopher, Dr. Elo Aforka, told The Guardian that
if Governor Obiano redirects about 50 per cent of the security votes to provide
palliatives, it would go a long way in cushioning the effect of the lockdown.
Obiano had always spent his security votes on preventing and combating crimes,
insisting that channeling 50 per cent of it to preventing criminal tendencies
on the part of the youth was a welcomed development.
have forced some youth to take to crime to survive, stressing that a further
extension of the stay-at-home directive would escalate activities of hoodlums
in the state.
Commissioner of Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba said the
crash of oil price in the international market would likely take the federal
and state governments to the drawing board to rejig their budgets.
was not immune from seeking budgetary review in order to do the needful,
including reviewing the security votes, if necessary, but stressed that the
governor could not unilaterally change the figures.