From Francis Nansak ,Lafia
The Nasarawa state government has flagged off the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives across the 13 local government areas, targeted at providing reliefs to the poorest of the poor in the society.
This the government said it will exclude salary earners , businessmen and those who are privilege in the areas.
Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule on Wednesday while flagging off the distribution of the items ,said that the commodities will be shared across the one thousand, four hundred and ninety-five (1,495) polling units in the State.
He said it was important to note that the food items are to be shared to the poorest of the poor who have no source of income to cater for their daily needs.
He said in this wise, salary earners, businessmen and other privileged people are exempted from the intervention.
The governor recalled that Government procured twelve (12) trucks of rice in its commitment to cushion the plight of the people during the locked down period as a result of the need to control the spread of CCVID-19 in the State.
“You are also aware that the Olam Farms Ltd also donated one (1) truck of six hundred (600) bags of rice bringing the total to thirteen (13) trucks.
“These trucks were distributed to the vulnerable people across the thirteen (13) Local Government Areas of the State at the first instance.
LHe continued that ” The distribution was carried out by a special Committee of Honourable Commissioners, Special Advisers, Local Government Council Chairmen and other appointees of Government.
According to him, today’s event being the second phase of the distribution was in furtherance of the government commitment to continue to provide succour to the vulnerable households and indeed, the poorest of the poor across the nooks and crannies of the State.
” My dear people of Nasarawa State, you would also recall that the State Government recently received essential commodities worth thirty-five (35) trucks of different food items from Coalition of Private Organization (CA COVID-19), as part of its support to complement Government efforts in cushioning the effects of hunger in this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
“I commend the Coalition of Private Organization (CA COVID-19) and other philanthropists for this humanitarian gesture, aimed at assisting the less-privileged and vulnerable groups in the society” Governor Sule said.
Engineer Sule reiterated that Government has re-strengthened the palliatives distribution Committees at the Local Government, wards and polling unit levels to ensure transparency in the distribution of the palliatives.