By Luka Binniyat/May Etim, Kaduna
Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna state yesterday flagged off the distribution of 69,000 bags of rice packed in special bags which cost was N108 million
This was made known at the official flag-off of distribution of rice made for the less privileged from the 23 local government areas of the state for the Christmas celebrations to be shared in a ratio 70:30 for Christians and Muslims respectfully.
Speaking at the occasion, Yero said: “As we approach another festive period, it is expected that all well meaning individuals and organizations will render some kind of assistance to the less privilege in our communities. Such kind gesture behoves on all of us as provided by both our value system and divine culture.
“It is imperative in discharging our responsibilities to ensure that every family at least has sufficient food items to also make merriment and rejoice especially during the coming Xmas and New Year celebrations.
“My administration has already initiated various programmes and policies which are deliberately targeted at poverty reduction and job creation to our teaming unemployed youth and women.
“You are all aware of the ongoing skill acquisition training programme which has provided hope for 7,600 youths and women to regain liberation from shackles of unemployment and poverty under the SURE-P programme. The beneficiaries are receiving training in various trades including fashion design, hair making, vulcanizing, welding, plumbing, fishery, farming etc.
In his remark, Commissioner for Special Duties (Poverty Alleviation), Kaduna State, Hon. Abdulrahm Ibraham Jere said the Kaduna State Government purchase 69,000 customized bags of rice which cost the State Government a whopping N108million at N1,400 each per bag and it would be distributed to the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
According to the Commissioner, “Already the cost of transporting the bags of rice to the 23 local government areas and even unto the various wards have been paid for by the government”, Hon Jere said.
Hon. Jere further said that these 69,000 bags of customized rice would be distributed 30:70% ratio as it was done during the last Ramadan fasting period to all the beneficiaries