June 19, 2021

Lockdown: Nasarawa Govt. Commits 120.9m as Palliative

The Nasarawa State Government has distributed 13 trucks of bags of rice worth 120.9 million to the downtrodden across the 13 local government areas of the state to cushion the effect of the lockdown by government to curb Covid19.

According to the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dogo Shammah, the gesture is mainly for the poor of the poorest that can hardly get three square meal per day, excluding civil servants or those in any payroll.

He said the 13 trucks of rice cost the state government 9.3m each and that the money was from the government coffers and not from support coming from spirited individuals and corporate organizations.

On strategy used to identify the poor of the poorest in the society, the Commissioner said the government adopted the strategy of visiting one family to another through a committee set up by the government, comprising traditional rulers, religious representatives and other relevant stakeholders in all the local governments.

“So we used the elected councillors as chairmen of the committees at the ward level, because we believed that the councillors during their campaign went to all communities, so they can easily identify the poor in their ward” he said.

The commissioner noted that the beneficiaries cut across all, irrespective of religion or political party.

Mr. Shammah said the palliative by government is going to be a continues program, noting that this is the first batch and appealed to the people responsible for sharing the rice to be fair and sincere in the assignment entrusted to them by the government.

He warned against diverting the items as he said diversion is an act of criminality and government will not condone acts of criminality.

The commissioner appealed to the Nasarawa State citizens to be patient with the hard decision taken by the government as such is a right step in a time like this to protect lives of the citizens against the deadly corona virus.