By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
COVID-19 palliiatives of assorted foodstuff meant to bring succor to the pandemic affected persons was on Monday distributed to households in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Presenting the commodity to the beneficiaries at Katangar Warji, headquarters of the LGA, the State Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela said that the gesture was designed to bolster the effect of the virus on beneficiaries.
Senator Baba Tela, also the chairman of the committee on the fight against coronavirus in the state, explained that the commodity was not meant to wipe out the needs of the beneficiaries, but to ameliorate their sufferings.
He disclosed that a number of 3, 500 households are to benefit from the 3, 500 packages/units of the commodity which comprised of a variety of food stuff provided by Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) and other donors.
Tela, who assured that more palliative is coming along the way for the people, noted that Warji is the eleventh of the twenty Local Government Area that have so far benefit from the palliative, assuring that the committee will soon visit the remaining nine LGAs with similar gesture.
“As we get more palliative from donors such as CACOVID who has been in the forefront of sending relief materials to us and the federal government through the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster and management and social development, we will continue to distribute palliative materials to the people of Bauchi state as at when due”, Tela further assured.
The deputy governor assured those who might not benefit from the first round of the distribution to exercise patience pending when another round of distribution will take place and expressed confidence in the distribution committee at the local government level.
Speaking earlier, the State Chairman of COVID-19 Distribution Committee and the emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu commended Governor Bala Mohammed for working tirelessly to contain the spread of the pandemic in the state.
Represented by a member of the committee, Senator Bala Adamu Kariya, the emir said that the distribution of the palliative is coming few days after the governor visited some communities in Warji where he commiserated with victims of flood disaster.
He explained that the idea behind handing over the palliative to district heads for onward distribution to beneficiaries was due to the fact that they belong to all segment of the society regardless of their religious and tribal affiliations.
The Head of Administration of Warji Local Government Council, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Mohammed had in a welcome address thanked the state government for the gesture, and advised members of the distribution committee in the Local Government Area to ensure the items get to the targeted persons.