Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has on Thursday launched the distribution of palliatives to poor people following the imposition of lockdown order as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony in Kano, Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee on COVID-19, Yahuza Bello, said the items would be distributed to 50,000 households of poorest of the poor across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to him, the initial plan by the committee was to distribute the palliative to 300,000 households, but had to reduce the number of the beneficiaries because the resources at their disposal could not be enough for the target.
Mr Bello, who is also the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), explained that the committee would start the distribution from the eight Local Government Areas of the Kano metropolis.
The chairman explained that the items would be given to four households each of the over 11, 000 polling units of the 484 in the state.
Items to be distributed, according to the chairman, include a bag of rice, a carton of spaghetti, macaroni, dawavita four litres of oil each, semovita, pasta, indomie and cash gift of N2,000.
The Chairman further explained that they have formed sub committees in the wards that would be in charge of the distribution of the items to the beneficiaries.
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje said “we undertook a survey to find out the poorest of the poor families and we earmarked 300,000 families not individuals and because of the shortage of the funds and other logistics, we are starting with 50,000 households across the 44 local government areas.
“We identified the households according to the wards in the state, we have 484 wards in the state and we have 11,000 polling units. For each polling unit we have taken four poorest of the poor households for this distribution. It will cover all the state and depending on needs.
“Ladies and gentlemen we are flagging up this distribution and we are starting with the metropolitan Kano and later on it will pick up in all the 44 local governments in the state.”
“I urge you to be orderly and maintain the protocol of COVID-19, avoid overcrowding, maintain social distancing, use the face masks and hand sanitizers. Is not only food that we are distributing, we are also distributing the protocol for corona virus. I urge you to be orderly while receiving the items.”
Ganduje warned that he would not tolerate any act of indiscipline that will hinder the proper distribution of the items to the earmarked beneficiaries.
“I assure you we cannot tolerate any act of indiscipline, pilferage, taking away the items without being provided officially. This we are looking to ensure that all those earmarked to get the food items get it. We assure you we will continue this until we cover the 300,000 households” he stated.