COVID-19: Juma’at mosque Imams, Civil servants, politicians won’t benefit our palliative- Kano govt

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The Chairman, Kano state Fund Raising Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza has declared that Juma’at mosque Imams, Civil servants and political appointees will not benefit from the state government’s palliative.

Recall that the state government, in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus, had formed the fund raising committee to distribute palliative to 300,000 households in order to support its lockdown order imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

However, addressing journalists on Wednesday, ahead of the second round of the distribution of the palliative, held at the government house, Mr Yahuza said all Imams of Juma’at mosque and their assistants who are on government’s payroll would not be given the palliative.

He added that all civil servants, even casual workers, and political appointees are disqualified from the gesture.

“Those disqualified from benefitting from the palliative as in round one are, political office holders, employees of federal state or local government, those getting allowances from local government, like Imams of Juma’at mosques, community heads and others, leaders of parties at various levels because as we mentioned earlier when politicians decide to support at the grassroots they normally support their own, it may be the women leaders the youth leaders and others are all disqualified.

“Also disqualified are members of this main committee, members of the local government committee, and the members of the ward committees. The additional disqualification are those that benefitted during round one of the exercise” he stated.

The chairman also announced that the committee is going to share 139 trucks load of food items received by the state government from Federal Government.

Prof Yahuza explained that although the state government has provided additional items to meet the 50,000 poorest of the poor households selected to benefit from the palliatives to cushion the effects of the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, he gave a breakdown of the items donated by the federal government.

“I am happy to inform you that the Federal government has done more than it said it was going to do. It promised 110 truck loads and it has supplied the state government with 139 truckloads, not 110.

“These include 10 truck loads of rice, making 6000 bags of 50 kg, 42,600 bags if maize, 17,400 bags of Guinea corn, 17,400 bags of millet and 2000 jerry cans of cooking oil each of 20ltr. These are the items provided by the Federal government to the state government” he stated.

He further explained that another set of food items received by the committee to be shared along as palliative was sourced from the Ramadan Feeding Program of the state government where cooked food is shared to various communities across the state during the Ramadan. This year, due to the pandemic the resources are diverted to be used as palliative.

He also mentioned that the committee is targeting 300,000 poorest of the poor households in the state, for which 50,000 were covered in the first round and another 50,000 will be covered in the second round which will be concluded before the end of the Ramadan fast.

He further mentioned the categories of beneficiaries and what they will benefit from as the committee begins disbursement.

“During this round, there will be three categories of beneficiaries according to what they get and we want to make the distribution nutritionally balanced for the beneficiaries. 30 percent of the beneficiaries will get 25kg of rice, 4ltr of cooking oil and N2000. 40 percent of them will get 45kg of maize, 25kg of millet, 4ltr of cooking oil and N2000. The remaining 30 percent will get 25kg of Guinea corn, 25kg of millet, 4ltr of cooking oil and N2000 each.

“We are going to use the same procedure as we did in round one, we have committees at local government level and at ward level and the composition will remain as in round one” the prof stated.
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