(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Zamfara State Task Force Committee on COVID-19 has commenced the distribution of palliatives in 14 local government areas of the state.
Alhaji Nasiru Magarya, the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, who also doubled as the Task Force Chairman, while flagging off the distribution in Gusau on Friday, disclosed that the exercise was part of the state government’s efforts to cushion the hardship experienced by the ordinary people due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Magarya, while revealing that the items to be distributed were donated by philanthropists, organisations as well as the Federal Government, said that committees had been established in each local government area for proper distribution of the commodities, imploring the members of the committees to ensure justice and transparency in the discharge of their assignment.
The items to be distributed include 1,140 50kg bags and 950 25kg bags of rice, 564 bags of millets, 222 bags of maize as well as semovita, spaghetti, indomine noodles and cooking oil.
Potential Impact: The palliatives, which are mostly food items, will help improve the nutritional needs of the poor and vulnerable citizens of Zamfara State who have been more negatively impacted by the disruptions engendered by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of the economy.