By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Bauchi has donated some relief materials which comprised of 929 bags of 50kgs of rice, 30 cartons of spaghetti and 307 bales of second hand clothing for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
The Comptroller in charge of the service in Bauchi/Gombe command headquarters, Mr. Kalla Hamis disclosed this to newsmen in Bauchi Monday.
According to him, the Bauchi/Gombe command headquarters was given a directive from the customs headquarters in Abuja to release the relief materials to the Bauchi state government, a directive he said, they have carried out.
He said, “We were given a directive from the Customs headquarters to immediately release some materials for distribution to the internally displaced persons in Bauchi state.
“The items include 929 bags of rice, 30 cartons of spaghetti and 307 bales of second hand clothing which were duly seized and condemned by a High Court and forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria”.
“The Comptroller General in his magnanimity decided that we should hand them over to Bauchi state government for distribution to the Internally Displaced Persons in the state”.
Hamis explained that upon receipt of the directive from our headquarters, a letter was written to the state government which was acknowledged and responded to on the 8th May, 2019.
He stated, “We have since delivered the goods to them accordingly. We have been able to do appropriate documentation to making sure that the goods actually get to where they should get to”.
The zonal comptroller explained that the goods were handed to the IDPs through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
He said that three trucks were used to convey the goods and each truck was escorted by men of the Federal Operations and Command with all the handing documents duly signed by both parties.
Hamis stated, “It’s a normal thing when we seized goods and we look at the less-privileged, they are given to them as welfare by the Federal Government to alleviate their sufferings”.
He said in carrying out such directive, a committee is usually being formed to ensure that the exercise is given the necessary and sensitive attention it deserves.
“Against this backdrop, I set up a committee that ensure the successful handing over of these items to the beneficiaries”.
“So the committee members need to see what is actually being done. You know the fulcrum is the FOU and the strike force. We have handed over those goods to them because of its sensitive nature”, he said.
Confirming the receipt of the item in an interview, the officer in charge of relief and rehabilitation with SEMA, Mr. Bala Yakubu said that all the goods were brought to them.
Yakubu said, “Yes, we received 929 bags of rice, 30 cartons of spaghetti and 307 bales of second hand clothing from the Nigeria Customs Service”.
“These items have been handed over to the chairman of the IDPs and his executives for onward distribution to their members”.