From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Kano state COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee for Palliatives on Monday submitted its report to Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with about N364,695,700.5 million cash donations and over N150 million worth of various Items donated by good spirited individuals and corporate organizations.
The Fund Raising Committee inaugurated by Ganduje with the intent of raising funds to be used as palliative measures for the poor and vulnerable in the society to cushion the effects of government emergency policies to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state is headed by the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello.
The 40-member Committee consisting of members, cutting across religious, social and political affiliations submitted its report to Ganduje at Africa House, Government House.
Prof. Bello, in company of the Co-Chairman, Alhaji Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, read from the report to Ganduje, stating that the total cash at hand that was already in the Committee’s bank account stands at N364,695,700.5
He said other items such as foodstuff, preventive items, among others were also given by individuals, groups and corporate organisations.
He also made mention of Lebanese Community in Kano, that contributed foodstuff and other items, among other philanthropists who also gave their own contribution.
Prof. Bello also disclosed other segments of the society that made their contributions, like members of the National Assembly, members of the State Assembly, Commissioners, corporate bodies, business community, other philanthropists among others.
Ganduje commended their good work and assured that very soon the Committee would start distributing those items to the identified potential beneficiaries, who stand at 300,000 households and other special clusters like Orphanage homes, as disclosed by the Committee.
He said he was satisfied with the distribution modalities proposed by the Committee, while commending the efforts put by members of the Committee, assuring that their work would continue, even as they distribute what has been already donated.
Ganduje further stated that, “we are extending the stay-at-home break given to our workers in the state, because it is evidently clear to all that Nigeria is still recording more cases, with the number of 5 deaths, already.”