The Federal Government has directed delivery of 100 trucks of palliatives comprising mainly foodstuff to Kano, in addition to the ten trucks of grains delivered to the state two weeks ago for immediate distribution to the needy.
Following the Presendential directive on total lockdown in Kano ,Yesterday ,to cushion the effect of hardship following the lockdown ,the government, through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, dispatched the 100 trucks of the palliative to the Kano State Government for distribution to the needy, vulnerable and people of concern in the state.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq explained that ,the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have been directed to deliver 100 trucks of grains to five locations in Kano State for distribution to poor and vulnerable households on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to release 70,000 metric tons of food for distribution to less-privileged Nigerians to cushion the effect of the lockdown aimed at checking the spread of the killer-disease triggered by COVID-19 in Nigeria.”
The Ministry will continue to work closely with all the agencies under its purview, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in discharging its mandates, including providing effective coordination of humanitarian interventions both nationally and internationally for the benefit of the citizens of this country, especially during this Covid-19 Pandemic,Mrs Sadiya assured the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Engineer Mustapha Maihaja .
She also highlighted the need for the Agency to work closely with the Ministry and its sister agencies in all the states in monitoring the effective distribution of the palliatives to ensure that the food items promptly reach the vulnerable beneficiaries, especially in states under lockdown.
The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr Mustapha Maihaja in turn ,assured the Minister that the Agency will gladly work closely with State Governments to ensure the effective monitoring and accountability in distributing the palliatives, thereafter thanked the Minister for the visit and her support to NEMA in discharging its duties for the benefit of Nigerians.