A coalition of civil society organizations in Anambra State, operating under the banner of the Anambra Civil Society Network (ACSONET), has raised questions concerning the allocation and distribution of essential palliatives pledged by Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo. The groups have also expressed concerns about the fate of Anambra’s portion of the fuel subsidy removal relief, as announced by the Federal Government.
In a statement released by ACSONET’s coordinator, Prince Chris Azor, the coalition stressed the urgency of addressing the economic hardships faced by the residents of Anambra State following the removal of fuel subsidies. Governor Soludo had previously promised to distribute rice to 530,000 households, a commitment that the CSOs are now seeking accountability for.
The statement issued by ACSONET reads, “We have voiced serious concerns regarding the suffering experienced by the masses in light of the significant increases in the prices of goods, transportation, and overall living costs. We have also acknowledged that the palliative measures introduced by both the Federal and State governments may not be sufficient to alleviate the hardships endured by Nigerians.”
ACSONET also commended the state government for unveiling comprehensive intervention plans, as highlighted in a statewide address by Governor Soludo. However, the civil society coalition urged the swift implementation of these measures to alleviate the widespread suffering experienced by the populace.
“We have noted some initial implementation efforts in the health sector, particularly with regard to Antenatal and Postnatal free services,” the statement continued. “However, we anticipate that the major interventions will commence without delay. The people are truly suffering, and time is of the essence.”
ACSONET expressed its willingness to collaborate with the state government and other stakeholders in closely monitoring the implementation process to ensure transparency, inclusivity, and accountability.
As Anambra State grapples with the effects of fuel subsidy removal and rising living costs, the demands for swift action on palliatives and comprehensive intervention strategies have grown louder within the civil society sector. The coming days will likely see increased scrutiny and calls for accountability in addressing these pressing concerns.