Authorities in Kano State, under the administration of Abba Kabiru Yusuf, have distributed 4,400 units of 10 kg bags of rice, as well as the same number of 10 kg bags of maize, to families and widows of fallen military and paramilitary personnel and people with disabilities (PWDs) residing in the state.
The distribution of the food items, which was done on Monday in Kano, was the second phase of the state palliative support to less privileged members of the society, aimed at reducing the negative impacts of the removal of the fuel subsidy, on the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries were drawn from 19 demographic groups which includes, widows and families of the falling military personnel in the army, navy, airforce, and para-military agencies, such as: Nigeria Police, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Security And Civil Defence Corp, and Nigerian Prisons Service.
Presiding over the presentation the brief ceremony which took place at KASCO Warehouse along Farm Centre in the metropolis, Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, deputy-governor of the state, who represented the governor, revealed that the bulk of the food items were for PWDs.
Gwarzo stated that the distributed food items which was designed by the committee in charge of the distribution to reach all the communities in the 44 Local Government Areas of the state, will also get to pupils and teachers of Islamic and Quranic Schools, across the state.
He expressed delight that the report reaching the administration indicates that the food items distributed under the first phase of the palliative programme was able to reach hundreds of the targeted beneficiaries, as directed by Governor Abba.
In his address earlier, Baffa Bichi, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), who doubles as well as the Chairperson of the State Compliance Committee on Distribution of Palliatives, disclosed the set of beneficiaries under the phase two, were carefully selected, noting that they are people actually in need of the food support because of their socio-economic condition.
He said: “We are gathered here today in continuation of the distribution of palliative support to the most-needy segment of the people of our state. You could recalled that the first phase of the programme was carried out some weeks back, this time around our target are people with special needs.
“These set of people in different demographic categories, ranges from people with disabilities, and widows and families members of our falling service men, in the military, and para-military organisations, and pupils and teachers of Islamic and Quranic schools in all the local government areas of the state.
“The leaders and representatives of the 19 groups benefitting from the gesture are here today, and they will be returning to their people in the LGAs, with a 10kg bag of rice, and 10kg bag of maize for each of their members.
“The governor has directed that is going to be one bag of each of the commodities to one person, and we as a committee are going to ensure that the directive of the governor is fully followed. Anyone caught doing something different from this is going to be sanctioned.”
The SSG assured the beneficiaries that governor Abba is out to place more emphasis on the welfare of the people of the state, as he has promised to do during his electioneering campaign