The Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has announced that 500,000 households will benefit from the distribution of palliatives in the state.
The governor made this announcement during the flag-off ceremony of the palliatives at Knarda on Monday.
According to him, the palliatives are intended to mitigate the impact of the removal of fuel subsidy.
He said, “We are flagging off agricultural interventions by way of distribution of goats, rams, shops, tradable water pumps for irrigation plastic, other agricultural inputs as well as distribution of food items as palliatives.
“This underscores our determination to increase food production, create jobs, and enhance the livelihoods of the people of Kano State, to whom we promised good governance and an improved standard of living.”
“It is our belief that we cannot progress as a state if our population is hungry or if we cannot produce what our people consume.”
“Our target is to achieve food self-sufficiency and sustained employment generation to our teeming youth through agricultural activities, development of additional cultivable and an increased livestock production.”
Gov. Yusuf also announced the allocation of 297,000 (10 kg bags) of rice and 160,000 (10 kg bags) of maize to assist impoverished and vulnerable households in all 44 local government areas of Kano state.
“To guarantee the items reach the intended recipients, they will be distributed evenly among the 484 wards in the state, with each ward receiving 565 bags of 10kg rice and 330 bags of 10kg maize,” he stated.
He said, “As part of checks and balances to ensure that the palliatives are distributed in accordance with our directives, I have approved the setting up of Compliance Committees for Palliatives Distribution at State, Local government, and Wards levels.
“These committees are charged with the responsibilities of ensuring that the palliative items are appropriately distributed from the state to local governments, from the local governments to Wards, and from the wards to respective beneficiary households.”
During his address, Dr. Farouk Kurawa, the Managing Director of KNARDA, encouraged the beneficiaries to utilize these palliatives wisely and find opportunities to generate income from them.
Speakers at the event included Alhaji Ibrahim Garba Gama, the State Project Coordinator of KSADP, Naziru Datti Kura representing N-CARE, Hassan Ibrahim representing APPEALS, and Abdulrashid Kofar Mata, the representative of the Country Director of SaSakawa Africa Association.
Some pictures from the event.