From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
Jigawa state government has flagged off the distribution of palliatives items including: 47,410 bags of Rice, 33,339 cartons of Spaghetti, 8,303 bags of Maize and N1,080,000,000 cash to people across the state
Delivering his speech at the flagging off ceremony for the distribution exercise held in Gumel local government, Governor Namadi said, the palliatives were part of temporary measures to reduce the economic hardship that ensued as a result of federal government policy on Fuel subsidy.
He explained that the palliatives are the beginning of a series of intervention his government planned to provide, while a permanent and sustainable solution will be put in place for poverty eradication, job creation, growth and development.
Governor Namadi explained that a comprehensive and well-articulated mechanism for the distribution of the palliatives was put in place, including committees that comprise political leaders, Religious leaders, civil societies, securities and community organizations.
“Under the framework “N40 million will be given to each of the 27 local governments for distribution to 1000 youth, 1,000 Women, 1,000 old age and 1,000 physically challenged. And we are expecting 108,000 people to receive N10,000 each”.
“For the food items, it will be shared with each of the 287 political wards, which will also be distributed to polling units according to the number of registered voters there”.
“Poling Units with 10 to 100 registered people will receive 5 bags, 110 to 150-6 bags, 200-400 ten bags and 500 to above will get 15 bags” Governor Namadi stated.
The Governor had also presented the cheque of N1,080,000,000.00 to the state Commissioner of Special Duties Hon. Auwal Dalladi Sankara for onward distribution to the targeted beneficiaries of the Cash palliatives.
In his speech at the occasion, the Executive Secretary State Emergency Management Agency Dr. Haruna Mairiga said, all the food items are kept in stores at Ringim, Hadejia, Dutse, Kazaure and Gumel, and directed local government chairmen to go to their respective emirate along with committee members to collect their own.