By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
The Zamfara State Government has cleared the air on the actual amount of money spent on palliiatives for the festive season.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser, Pub. Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, dated May 23, 2020 said that N1,100,000,000 was the actual amount spent.
“Hence, the figure of N1,100,000,000 is the actual amount of money spent by the state Government during the festive period to ease the fasting of all citizens of the state, especially under the current pandemic of COVID-19,” it said.
It further said that the attention of Zamfara State Government House was drawn to stories carried on many media platforms of the sum of of N2.9 billion spent on the provision of Ramadan palliatives in the state.
“The information rightly emanates from the speech read by His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) in a statewide broadcast to mark the end of the fasting period to wish all Muslims a stress free Sallah celebration.
“Indeed, the Governor made mention of the said figures as palliatives cost during the period in question, but a breakdown of how that figure was arrived at did not reflect in the speech which is drawing a lot of criticisms from the general public.
“Hence, the need for immediate clarification. The state Government actually spent the sum of N1,100, 000, 000 in the provision of foodstuff, purchase of cooking materials and ingredients and in the payment of cooks for the supply of food twice daily in all the selected feeding centers across the state throughout the one month period of the Ramadan.
“The balance is not actually an amount spent but represents the cost of foodstuff acquired for Civil Servants in the state of which the state Government stood as guarantor.
“In repayment of the cost of the foodstuff by the benefitting civil servants, the state Government will subsidise the cost by offsetting a fraction of the cost of the items supplied,” it explained.