Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has launched the second phase distribution of palliative materials to the needy and vulnerable in the state.
Ganduje who lauded the Kano COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee for successful completion of the first phase distribution urged Local Government chairmen across the state to participate fully in the distribution exercise.
Ganduje who promised to resolve disagreements between Kano state chapter of the Association of Local Government chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON) and the Executive Chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission, Bar. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, ordered the chairmen to participate in the second phase distribution of COVID-19 Palliatives to the poorest of the poor in the state.
247ureports.com, recalls that Bar. Muhuyi had in a Press Statement revealed that he got complaints that some Local Government Chairmen in the state allegedly diverted palliative materials during the first phase distribution.
Bar. Muhuyi also added that some of the chairmen were already under investigation.
But the chairman of the Kano COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee in charge of the Palliatives, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, told journalists that his Committee was not briefed by the Kano anti corruption agency over the development.
Reacting to the allegations from the anti corruption agency, Kano ALGON chairman, Lamin Sani came in defence o his colleagues, denying knowledge of any Local Government chairman who diverted palliative materials.
He also conveyed the decision of Kano ALGON members withdrawing their participation in the palliative distribution.
According to him, “to our knowledge, no Local Government chairman diverted anything from COVID-19 palliative materials to his personal or political patronage.”
Launching the distribution of the second phase of the Palliatives at Coronation Hall, Government House on Thursday, Ganduje ordered the LG Chairmen to renege from their earlier decision of backing out of the palliative distribution.
He urged them to continue to play their roles in ensuring that the poorest of the poor get the government Palliatives.
Ganduje said that already, he has held meetings with the Fund Raising Committee chairman and the anti corruption Executive Chairman, promising that everything will be out under control.
“I call on our chairmen of Local Government Areas to go back to their right position and participate in the distribution of the Palliatives. All other issues will be resolved,” he added.
He commended the Fund Raising Committee for showing diligence, dedication and transparency in discharging their duties.
“I appreciate and thank the Fund Raising and Palliatives Committee for the transparency and honesty displayed in sharing the Palliatives.
“I also appreciate and thank the District Heads and Imams who are the chairmen of the Palliative Committees at the Local Government levels.”
Ganduje regretted that COVID-19 has done great harm to the world, “it has affected our religion, it has affected our economy, it has affected our social life, it has even affected our thinking.
“The lockdown has created a lot of social and economic problems to our people. So, it is important we identify the poorest of the poor and help them.
“We thank you for completing the first phase. Now, we are going into the second phase. We thank the Federal Government for providing food items. We thank those who contributed their donations to the Fund Raising Committee.”