Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has launched the distribution of 182,000 bags of assorted food items to members of the public in the state.
He said, as it is customary during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the government has purchased a variety of food items for distribution to the people and has doubled the number of items distributed last year to ensure that people have enough food for the month of Ramadan and beyond.
The items include 60,000 bags of rice, 30,000 bags of sugar,50,000 bags of millet, 30,000 bags of maize, 10,000 bags of beans and 2,000 cartoons of milk.
Similarly, 40,000 pieces of shadda and atamfa clothing materials were purchased for distribution to the less fortunate in order for them to celebrate Idul-Fitri with a feeling of sense of belonging and ease.
The governor announced that Ramadan feeding would be conducted across all the 2,516 polling units of the State and directed the Ministry for Local Government and Community Development to collaborate with the 14 Local Government Councils to establish additional feeding centres in each of the Councils.
He said the Head of Service has been directed to implement the procedures for distributing the packages to civil servants in an efficient and equitable manner.
For ease of distribution, the state government agencies that typically handle the process of targeting relevant beneficiaries have been delegated to carryout the exercise through the
Ministry for Religious Affairs, Zakat Distribution and Endowment Board and the Directorate of Protocol Matters.
While praying to Allah SWA to accept our Ibaadat, the governor called on the well-to-do individuals, groups and organizations to also complement the state government’s efforts in bringing succour to the needy.