Kwara Government on Wednesday flagged off the distribution of rice palliatives to the most vulnerable persons in the state, with the committee saying it would share at least 250,000 10kg bags in the first phase.
In what was an attempt to ensure non-partisanship, fairness and equity, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on August 22 inaugurated the 12-person committee to coordinate the distribution of the palliatives purchased with the N2bn so far received from the Federal Government.
At the flag off of the distribution in Ilorin, the state capital, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the palliatives are only a show of empathy with the people as more sustainable initiatives are being implemented in phases.
The governor was represented by the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Engr Yakubu Salihu-Danladi.
The governor said, “This is only a fraction of what we have done to identify with the people at this very critical moment of our national life. Palliatives are a stop-gap measure to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy on the most vulnerable among us.
“Over the last few weeks, our government has rolled out different palliative measures to support the people in the formal and informal sectors. Also, we had earlier distributed the five trucks of rice we received from the Federal Government. We acknowledge the limits of this distribution in terms of the reach.
“Today, we are flagging off the distribution of the first consignments of rice we purchased with the N2bn so far received from the Federal Government. We are distributing at least 250,000 10kg bags of rice in this phase.
“Beneficiaries will be identified on a nonpartisan basis by the committee of eminent Kwarans.
Huge investments are being made to boost the manufacturing sector, strengthen local production of food through commercial agriculture, local production of CNG and electric vehicles, and mass employment for young people in different aspects of the economy.
The event was attended by members of palliative committee and beneficiaries of the first batch, including representatives of Persons living with disabilities; WOWICAN; Marketmen and women group; Hausa community; Igbo Community; South-south community; Youth Council; NANS; Youth CAN; Orphanage; NUT; NUJ; TUC; FOMWAN; Non-indigene community; NURTW; NLC and Artisans groups.