Katsina State Executive Council has constituted adhoc committees to oversee the distribution of the grains and fertilizer to be purchased by the State Government to alleviate the prevailing economic hardship faced by Katsina residents.
The Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Bashir Tanimu Gambo, revealed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the maiden State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Dikko Umaru Radda, said Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, the spokesperson of Governor Radda.
Kaula Mohamed, in the statement, quoted the Finance Commissioner as saying that the committees to be set up at the local government and ward levels across the State, will ensure the food items are disbursed to the target beneficiaries, who are mostly the less privileged across Katsina communities.
Alh. Tanimu Garba, said the committee at the local government would be headed by Council Chairmen, while members of the State House of Assembly representing the area, District Heads, and a representatives of the Izala and Tariqa religious sects would serve as members.
At the ward levels, he said the committee would have the councilor from the community as Chairman, while the village head and representatives of the two Islamic sects would also serve as members .
The Katsina Finance Commissioner said the commodities which include rice, maize and fertilizer to be purchased from the Federal Government, were intended to cushion the suffering induced by the fuel subsidy removal.
“The Katsina State Government will bear the cost of conveying the food commodities to various distribution points across the State,” he said.
Garba confirmed that Governor Dikko Umaru Radda had earlier directed all the 34 local governments’ Chairmen to jointly purchase a total of 36,100 bags of maize, also for distribution to the less privileged members of their respective LGs.
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