The National Economic Council NEC has recommended palliatives for workers and vulnerable groups to ameliorate the harsh effects of fuel subsidy removal.

This followed the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that the council should come up with interventions.

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State said this after the inaugural NEC meeting, which lasted for more than five hours.

He said the council considered recommendations from the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission to pay 702 billion naira as cost of living allowance to civil servants as part of the intervention plans.

The meeting, held at the Presidential Villa and presided over by Vice President Kashim Shettima, also announced the setting up of a committee to work out, within two weeks, the modalities for organising and distributing the palliatives.

Mohammed, who was joined by four other governors: Dapo Abiodun, Dikko Radda, Alex Otti and Yahaya Bello, also said the interventions included a recommended sum, ranging from 23.5 to N45 billion naira per month, as petroleum allowance for civil servants.

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