From Adamu Shehu, Bauchi
The Federal Government has handed over one hundred and eighteen 118 trucks of food commodities as Covid-19 Palliatives Bauchi State Government.
While handing over the foods commodities on Saturday in Bauchi on behalf of the federal government, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, says this is in continuation of the federal government’s effort to cushion the effect of Covid-19 Pandemic.
“We all know that the outbreak of the pandemic has brought about changes and challenges to our normal ways of leaving, most obvious of this is on the vulnerable persons that depend largely on others for their daily survival,” she stated.
Farouk maintained that, “such persons are the aged people leaving with disabilities, IDPs, and other persons of concern that deserves support interns of basic needs.”
“Flood has become a recurring experience in Nigeria. After the 2012 devastating flood, a similar one occurred in 2018 leading to a declaration of disaster emergency in many states,” she recalled.
Though, climate change has been largely blamed for this increasing phenomenon, it is our responsibility as Government and people to evolve strategies to minimize losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation and proper response,” she added.
The Minister continued that, the National Emergency Management Agency has been directed to assess the situation and provide necessary support to the recent flood affected persons to cushion the effects of the disaster in those local government areas.
While receiving the food items, the state governor ably represented by his deputy, Senator Baba Tela thanked Mr President for genuine effort to send the palliative items.
He promised to ensure equitable distribution of the relief materials, adding that his administration had provided emergency intervention to cushion the effect of the flood disaster.
The food items donated include, 1, 632.04 Metric tonnes of maize, and rice, 205. 66 Metric tonnes of millet and 1,705.67 Metric tonnes of Sorghum meant to cater for 70, 867 affected persons respectively.