Kaduna ends second phase of palliatives distribution

Kaduna State Government has ended the second phase of the distribution of relief materials to low income earners and vulnerable people in the 14Local Council Areas not captured in the first phase.

In a press statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Malam Balarabe Abbas said, only Birnin Gwari and Kubau Local governments are  yet to commence distribution but that the food items have arrived Council headquarters.

Malam Balarabe, who is also the Chairman of COVID-19 relief Distribution Committee pointed out that, the second phase minimised human discretion in the distribution exercise which made it more objective and less rancorous.

Benefitting Households
He further stated that, the list of benefitting households was drawn up from multiple data bases like the Nigerian Government’s Social Investment Programme and data from telecommunication companies, detailing individuals who recharge less than N100 per month in that locality.

“Likewise, the Ministry of Health which had earlier distributed mosquito nets to people from the lowest rung of society, provided data of vulnerable and needy people,” he emphasised.

The Secretary to the State Government also mentioned that, all the lists were   further scrutinised and harmonised by Cluster Committees across the 32,000 Clusters in the 14Local Governments.

He said: “The Cluster Committees comprised two women, an Islamic cleric and a Christian clergy as well as a Councillor per cluster. In communities that are somewhat religiously homogenous, the faith-based representatives on the Cluster Committee reflected the two dominant sects of the religion in the areas”.

According to Malam Balarabe, benefitting households were given  coupons which they present before  receipt of their package to ensure proper record keeping and accountability.

The statement further said that the coupons contain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of beneficiaries.

“In all, 32,000 households benefitted from the exercise and each household got a package which comprised a 10kg bag of rice or spaghetti, 10kg bag of semovita or Gari, 5kg bag of beans and one carton of noodles, including a 3kg  of vegetable oil each.

Market Value
Malam Balarabe said, the market value of all the food items is N11,000 per package and they were put in white Kaduna State Government branded sacks to avoid confusion.

The benefiting Local Council Areas include; Lere, Kudan, Giwa, Soba, Kubau, Ikara, Makarfi and Kauru.

Others are Kajuru, Sanga, Zangon Kataf Kagarko and Jaba Local Government Areas.

Source: Voice of Nigeria