The Zamfara State Government stated that the sum of ₦2.9 billion has been spent on the purchase of foodstuff to be administered to various sections of the people as Ramadan welfare.
In a report by Channels TV, Ibrahim Dosara, the Commissioner for Information, disclosed this in Gusau in a statement he issued on Sunday.
The Commissioner further revealed that the 450 truckloads of the welfare packages contained rice, millet, maize, beans, sugar and milk were being distributed to the vulnerable, less privileged, internally displaced persons, civil servants and other categories of members of the public.
He stated that the government had appointed the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Nasiru Magarya, as the Chairman of the main committee for distribution of this year’s Ramadan welfare package, and has assured the state that committees are already in place to ease distribution.
“The aim is to help in reducing the hardship being faced by people and to enable them to conduct the Ramadan fast with relative ease and happiness.
“In order to ensure equity, fairness and justice in the distribution exercise, the governor has ordered for the formation and or constitution of committees at state, local government, ward and polling unit levels with members drawn from the political class, labour, traditional and religious leaders.”
The text reads:
The Chairman, Committee for the distribution of this year’s Ramadan welfare packages and the Speaker Zamfara state House of Assembly Rt Hon Nasiru Muazu Magarya wishes to inform the general public that, Zamfara state government under the leadership of His Excellency Hon (Dr) Bello Matawalle, has purchased 450 trucks of foodstuffs and essential commodities worth 2.9 billion naira for distribution to the public as Ramadan welfare packages for the vulnerable, less privileged, internally displaced persons, civil servants and other categories of members of the public, to help in reducing the hardships being faced by people and to enable them to conduct the Ramadan fast with relative ease and happiness.
The foodstuffs and the essential communities are as follows: Rice 60, 000 bags, Millet 50,000 bags, Maize 50, 000 bags, Beans 30,000 bags, Sugar 10,000 bags, Shadda/Attamfa 40,000 pieces
To ensure equity, fairness and justice in the distribution exercise, His Excellency the Executive Governor has ordered for the formation and or constitution of committees at both state, local government, ward and polling unit levels as follows: State Committee, Speaker, state assembly as Chairman.
Members include State Party chairman, State House leader, House Committee Chairman on Religious affairs, Commissioner for Rural Development, Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Chairman state ALGON, Perm Sec ministry for local government, Sole Administrator, Maru local government council, Sole Administrator, Anka local government, Chairman, Zakat and Endowment Fund, State Party Secretary.
Hon Special Adviser ( Political) as the Secretary of the committee. Local Government Committee, Local Government Sole Administrator as the committee chairman, Local Government party chairman, All members of the National and State Assemblies in the local government, All commissioners and Special Advisers in the local government, Permanent Secretaries and Directors General in the local government, Local Government Secretary, Representatives of the Emirs in the local government, Representatives of all security agencies in the local government.
Local Government party Secretary to serve as Secretary of the committee: Ward Committee, Ward councillor as chairman, Ward party chairman, Polling unit Party chairmen, Youth leader, Woman leader, Ward Party Secretary to serve as the committee’s secretary.
Polling Unit Committee: Polling unit party chairman as the chairman, all members of his EXCO, Polling Unit Secretary to serve as the Committee Secretary.
All the appointed committee members are hereby warned to desist from any wrongdoing in the distribution of these items as supervising committees have also been appointed to watch the distribution exercise and report how the exercise was conducted by both 4 committees.
Members should ensure that the foodstuffs reach the targetted beneficiaries directly and without delay.