Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that 50,000 poor households will receive food items and cash as palliative measures to ease the myriad of problems they have been passing through during the ongoing total lockdown imposed in the state to prevent the spread of the novel COVID-19 in the state.

This was just as the governor disclosed that the state government marked out 300,000 poorest of the poor households in all to benefit from this palliative measures as it begins with 50,000.

He made the disclosure on Thursday, as he flagged up the distribution of the items in the state beginning with the eight local governments areas that make up the metropolitan Kano State.


“We identified the households according to the wards in the state, we have 484 wards in the state and we have 11,000 polling units. For each polling units, we have taken the four poorest of the poor households for this distribution. It will cover all the state and depending on needs.”

According to him, “the beneficiaries that cut across the 11,000 polling units in the state are to receive a bag of rice, a carton of spaghetti, macaroni, bournvita, four litres of oil each and cash gift of two thousand naira.”

His words, “We undertook a survey to find out the poorest of the poor families and we earmarked 300,000 families, not individuals and because of the shortage of funds and other logistics, we are starting with 50,000 households across the 44 local government areas.

Ganduje, however, said,” Ladies and gentlemen, we are flagging up this distribution and we are starting with the metropolitan Kano and later on it will pick up in all the 44 local governments in the state.”

“I urge you to be orderly and maintain protocol, avoid overcrowding, maintain social distancing, use face masks and sanitizers. It is not only food that we are distributing, but we are also distributing the protocol for COVID-19. I urge you to be orderly while receiving the items.”

The governor, however, warned that he will not tolerate any acts of indiscipline that will hinder the proper distribution of the items to the air marked beneficiaries.

“I assure you, we cannot tolerate any act of indiscipline, pilferage, taking away items, without being provided officially.

We are looking to ensure that all those earmarked to get the food items get it. We assure you we will continue this until we cover the 300,000 households” he stated.


Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee, Prof Yahuza Bello earlier in his remark explained that they have formed subcommittees in the wards that will be in charge of the distribution of the items to the beneficiaries.


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