COVID-19: Ganduje Flags Off Distribution of Palliative as Ramadhan Fasting is at the doorstep
As part of the effort in cushioning the effect of lockdown as Ramadhan Fasting is at the doorstep, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has flagged-off distribution of palliative to the poorest of the poor in the state, as he promised, even before the coming of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic to the state.
The flag-off took place at Maganda Warehouse, Bompai, Kano in the metropolis, in the presence of all the members of the State Fund Raising Committee on COVID-19, under the chairmanship of Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello and his Co-Chair Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata.
“This is a very serious time as we are facing the challenges of COVID-19. It has been 3 weeks now since we close our inter-state boundaries. While we are saving lives, the issue of livelihood comes in. Especially for those who earn living with what they get on daily basis,” governor said.
By way of strategizing for an effective distribution of the Palliative, which includes rice, semovita, dawavita, spaghetti, Indomie, cooking oil among others, the committee plans to make the distribution on Polling Unit basis, for widespread.
Prof. Bello, the Chairman of the Committee disclosed that, “We are starting with the 8 metropolitan local governments of the state. These are Nassarawa, Dala, Gwale, Kumbotso, Fagge, Tarauni, Ungogo and Municipal local governments. And for each of the local government, we have identified certain number of beneficiaries.”
Adding that, “In Nassarawa we have 3,122 beneficiaries, Dala we have 2,672 beneficiaries, in Gwale we have 1,800 beneficiaries, in Kumbotso we have 1,632 beneficiaries, in Fagge we have 2,084 beneficiaries, in Tarauni we have 1,606 beneficiaries, in Ungogo we have 1,536 beneficiaries and in Municipal we have 2,524 beneficiaries.”
Governor Ganduje urges the beneficiaries to be orderly while collecting their items, without any disrespect to those responsible for the distribution, such as traditional leaders and other community leaders, who shoulder that responsibility.
“I urge people to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 as provided by health professionals. Frequent hand washing with soap and running water, use of hand sanitizer is equally important and necessary, social distancing must be observed at all times. I also enjoy people to make sure that they respect the lockdown order,” he urged.