- The federal government has sent 10 trailer loads of rice and 100 trailers of grains to Kano state as COVID-19 palliatives
- The minister of humanitarian affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the grains were sent to the poor and vulnerable households in Kano
- Farouq disclosed that the grains were released from silos at the country’s strategic food reserve located across the country
The federal government has sent 100 trailer loads of rice and other grains to the Kano state government for distribution to the needy, vulnerable and people of concern in the state.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed on Tuesday, April 28, that government had two weeks ago sent 10 trailer loads of bags of rice to the state, The Tribune reports.
The minister stated that it also directed NEMA to deliver 100 trailer loads of grains to five locations in the state to poor and vulnerable households on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Farouq said the 100 trailers of grains which comprise of millet, sorghum, and maize, are now on the way to Kano.
She said the grains were released from silos at the country’s strategic food reserve located across the country.
Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has called on the federal government to intensify its efforts in ensuring that Covid-19 palliatives reach the vulnerable Nigerians who are in dire need during the lockdown.
Speaking at a plenary on Tuesday, April 28, the lawmaker noted that the federal government has been doing well in cushioning the effect of coronavirus crisis through the palliatives programme.
He, however, picked a hole in the project, saying “act of omission or commission in any such aggravations” is capable of posing a danger to the country's poverty-hit population amid coronavirus crisis.
Femi Gbajabiamila said a large number of vulnerable Nigerians are yet to receive the federal government's relief package.
In another news, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by Nigerian governors to reform the mode of distribution of palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians affected by the coronavirus impact.
This was disclosed by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state who also serves as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) during a teleconference with the president on Tuesday, April 14.
Fayemi during the online meeting briefed Buhari on how the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons was limited.
A statement signed by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the NGF spokesperson, revealed that Fayemi told Buhari that there are people who live on daily income and are yet to be included in the world bank assisted scheme called the National Social Register (NSR).
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