By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
Bauchi State Government has commenced distribution of food and non-food items as palliative to beneficiaries across over five thousand polling units in the state.
Our correspondents Isiyaka Ismail Wunti reports that the State Governor Bala Mohammed inaugurated the exercise at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium Bauchi.
Major components of the exercise include distribution of about eighty nine thousand bags of rice to twenty local governments areas, payment of ten thousand naira each to the most vulnerable citizens, provision of mass transportation buses and payment of students scholarship.
It also include payment of outstanding gratuities and leave grant to retired and active civil servants as well as payment of special allowances to volunteer health workers, casual workers and environmental sanitation agents.
Inaugurating the exercise at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium Bauchi, the State Governor Bala Mohammed said move was to alleviate the economic hardship being experienced by citizens following the recent removal of Fuel subsidy by federal government.
Governor Bala Mohammed said adequate arrangements have been made to reach the targeted beneficiaries in both urban and rural areas.
While appreciating President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for responding to the feelings of people, the Governor stressed that the gesture would complement his administration’s economic empowerment initiatives which according to him lifted a number of families out of poverty.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioner Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Hajara Yakubu Wanka and Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu who is the chairman of the palliative distribution committee assured of transparency in the distribution process.
Some people living with disabilities who are part of the beneficiaries described the move as apt noting that it would go along way in alleviating their suffering.
They however appealed to the state government to sustain inclusion of people living with disabilities in it’s economic employment programmes.