We shared 70,000 tonnes of food stuff to States’ govs – Humanitarian Minister

  • As FG empowers 2,800 women with grant in Zamfara

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar Farooq has said that the ministry shared 70, 000 tonnes of foodstuff to the 36 state governors during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Speaking to BBC Hausa service on Tuesday in Zamfara state, the minister said she also shared 145 trailers of rice to the states. On the reasons given by some state governors that they didn’t share the stuff in anticipation of the second phase of COVID-19, the minister said that is left for them.

She added that the ministry directed the governors to share the foodstuff from the days they were delivered to them during the lockdown period, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari., adding that plans are underway to look at the possibilities of giving another foodstuff to the states since hoodlums have taken away some of them.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has supported 2,800 women in Zamfara with N20, 000 each being federal government’s grant project for rural women. The Minister had launched the one-off programme on Tuesday, in Gusau.

The minister added that it is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria, saying: “A grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. 200 women from each of the 14 local government councils in Zamfara state will receive a one-off cash grant of N20, 000 each.

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