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May 18, 2024

Kano State begins food distribution to alleviate economic strain

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has announced plans to distribute palliatives on Monday.

The governor made this declaration during a meeting with his appointed media aides at the coronation hall in the Kano State Government House on Sunday.

According to him, the palliatives will include food items and livestocks, which will be provided to the poorest of the poor in the state.

Recall that the Federal Government has last month approved N5 billion for each state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to enable them to procure food items for distribution to the poor.

Governor Yusuf stated, “Only 5% of these palliatives have not reached Kano, but the rest are in the warehouse, and tomorrow (Monday), we shall begin the distribution of these foodstuffs.

“This is to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.”

He added that the livestock, including sheep and goats, were procured by the state government, with one being donated by a philanthropist.

“These will be distributed to women in rural communities, not in metropolitan areas as they are the primary caretakers of their homes,” he said.

The governor also added that the palliatives will exclude civil servants.

“Civil servants starting from the deputy governor downwards would not be eligible to receive these palliatives.

“We are going to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens benefit from these palliatives free of charge without a dime,” he said.

The move comes as Kano State faces significant economic challenges, with Governor Yusuf noting that the previous administration had left the state treasury depleted, burdened with over 300 billion in loans.

While congratulating the newly appointed media aides, he urged them to work diligently for the betterment of the State.

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