The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Faruk Umar has handed over the food items donated by the federal government to Kano state as palliative to cushion the effects of lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
At the hand over ceremony, held at the government house on Sunday, the minister said the gesture was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari as he feels the pain and is concerned about the plight of the Kano people during the lockdown period.
According to her, the distribution had become imperative owing to the fact that, as the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria with markets that serve the West and Central African sub-regions, the federal government had to recognize the fact that, the restriction on movement has interrupted economic activities in the state.
She noted that “the lockdown order had brought untold hardship to the people who are mostly subsistent income earners and who make their income on a daily basis from the bustling markets in the State. We feel their pain and acknowledge their concerns.”
“Cognizant of these challenges and limitations imposed by the pandemic, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has consequently, directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to expand the Safety Net Programmes to include more vulnerable people at risk from the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic,” she said.
Mrs Faruk explained that items include 10 trucks of rice from the Nigerian Customs Service, 2,438 metric tonnes of Maize, 1,380 metric tonnes of millet and 900 metric tonnes of sorghum.
She appealed to the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to ensure that the poor and vulnerable, including the elderly and persons living with disabilities, are prioritized in the distribution of the relief materials.
She noted that the main purpose of the delibery of the relief materials was to assist the vulnerable and downtrodden.
In his remarks, the governor Ganduje thanked president Buhari for the gesture, which he described as timely as the state government is making effort to provide palliative to its citizens in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.