BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – Governor Bala Mohammed has warned against diversion of palliative items meant for distribution to vulnerable groups in the state to other places declaring that such will not be tolerated.
The Governor, who gave the warning while launching the distribution of COVID-19 palliative to beneficiaries across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state on Tuesday, said the items are meant to cushion the negative effect of COVID-19 pandemic among the people.
He explained that Under the allocation for each Local Government, Alkaleri will receive 6,500, Bauchi 8,000, Bogoro 3,500, Dass 3,500, Danbam 4,000, Darazo 5,000, Gamawa 5,000, Ganjuwa 5,000, Giade 4,000, while Itas Gadau is to recieve 4,000 items.
The rest allocation are Jama’are with 3,500, Katagum 7,000, Kirfi 4,000, Misau 5,000, Ningi 6,000, Shira 5,000, Tafawa Balewa 5,000, Toro 6,500, Warji 3,500, and Zaki with 4,000 commodities.
Mohammed also warned that any persons or groups caught diverting the commodities will be treated as an act of theft or sabotage and tasked the distribution committee to justify the trust and confidence reposed in it by distributing the commodities to the targeted beneficiaries.
According to him, the distribution of the relief materials is a very significant milestone in his administration’s modest desire of bringing succour to citizens who are victims of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
“I must confess that, Government is satisfied with the commendable effort of our Palliative Committee headed by His Royal Highness, the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleimanu Adamu in the discharge of its mandate.”
In a brief remarks, the Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, who is the Chairman Task Force on COVID-19 and Lassa Fever in the state, said that the committee had achieved a lot in the area of effective management of the virus through proper treatment.
On his part, a representative of the Nigeria Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, Dr Bello Ibrahim said that the forum is a joint initiative of leading private sector leaders and the Central Bank of Nigeria to galvanise urgent support in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleimanu Adamu, who is the Chairman, COVID-19 Palliative Committee, also insisted that, COVID-19 is a real virus and therefore enjoined critical stakeholders to join hands in the management of the disease.