The federal government has dispatched 110 trucks of foodstuff as palliatives to the Kano State Government for distribution to the vulnerable in the state.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, Sadiya Farouq, in a statement, on Tuesday, said the trucks would be distributed across five locations in the state.
She explained that the consignment comprises of millet, sorghum and maize, which were released from silos holding the country’s strategic food reserves located across the country.
“The ministry had delivered ten trailer-loads of parboiled rice to the state government about two weeks ago. The grains in 100 trailers (are) now on their way to Kano,” the minister said.
She added that, “the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will deliver 100 trucks of grains to five locations in Kano State for distribution to poor and vulnerable households on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“One of the humanitarian interventions provided by the Federal Government is the delivery of food items as palliatives to the poor and vulnerable in all states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to ease the lockdown situation,” she added.
In his remarks, according to the release, the Director General, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, assured the minster that the agency will work closely with state governments to ensure the effective distribution of the palliatives.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday ordered a 14-day lockdown of Kano to curtail the spike of coronavirus in state.
As of 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Kano ranked third on the list of states hit by coronavirus with 115 cases.
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