By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Products worth N700 million to be distributed as palliatives to cushion the effects of CoronaVirus in Bauchi, courtesy of Dangote Palliative Sub-committee are on their way to the state, Governor Bala Mohammed has revealed.
The Governor while swearing-in newly appointed four caretaker committee chairmen in Bauchi, said the Dangote COVID-19 palliation is coming on the wheels of Monday distribution launched of similar gesture provided by the state government to cushion the effects of the pandemic.
The palliation distribution was launched by the State Chairman who is also the emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu with the three LGAs total lockdown people as the first beneficiaries of the state palliation.
The governor explained that corporate bodies, organizations and associations, as well as individuals have earlier to the state in cash and kind as their contributions in stemming down the effects of the pandemic, especially among the vulnerable.
Senator Bala Mohammed, who assured that the palliation distribution will be equitable, just and reaching the target beneficiaries, thanked the donors for the gesture and called for more of such from other wealthy individuals and organizations within and outside the state.
Mohammed thanked the lockdown three Local Government Areas for their cooperation which, he noted, was very impressive, however regretting the inconveniences the lockdown might cause people in the affected areas.
He explained that the total lockdown was in requisition for the discharge of his onerous responsibilities of protecting the lives and properties of citizens.
The governor recalled that one of the reasons for the removal of one of the Local Government chairmen was his negative tendency of felling down trees, stressing, “Our environment is very dear to us”.
“Today, we have people coming to Bauchi, not citizens of the state colliding with some chairmen of the Local Government council and deforesting our forests, we cannot accept that”.
He also lamented the manner in which some of the Local Government chairmen sell or allocate plots of lands in the respective areas without the approval of the state government, saying ‘please we should exclude sentiments’.