By Mahmoud Dogara (Bauchi State Correspondent)

The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has commended members of the COVID-19 palliative distribution committee in the state for the judicious distribution and proper handling of relief materials to the beneficiaries in all the twenty local government areas of the state.

The Governor made the commendation at the final distribution of the palliative relief materials to beneficiaries in Bauchi Local Government Area held at the premises of Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Bauchi.

Governor Mohammed said that all palliative materials has so far been distributed and have reached the targeted beneficiaries as no grain or any component of the commodities was diverted by any person or group of persons.

He said under the food basket policy, a household is entitled to one food basket which contains 10kg of Rice, 10k of Corn/Maize flour, 5kg of Millet, 5k of Beans, 2kg of Sugar, 3 pieces of spaghetti, 100 cubes of Maggi, 1kg of salt and 2 litre of vegetable/palm oil.

"The palliative distribution committee has distributed a total of 110, 000 food basket to the twenty Local Government Areas of the state as part of government's effort to ameliorate the hardship being experienced by the citizens of the state as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic"

"The ceremony we are witnessing today which is the final distribution of Palliative Materials in Bauchi Local Government area is a very significant milestone in Government's modest effort in bringing succor to citizens who are victims of this clear and present day danger called COVID-19.

"The State got tremendous assistance by way of donations from well meaning members of the public, corporate organisations, Government Agencies, Local and International donors and many, too numerous to mention."

The Governor while appreciating critical stakeholders who contributed immensely towards the successful distribution of the palliative, said that the state government is satisfied with the effort of the distribution committee in the discharge of its mandate.

"Special mention must be made to CA-COVID under the leadership of Aliko Dangote and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs for their remarkable contribution to palliative in Bauchi State. I must also mention my personal appreciation and that of my Government, to his Royal Highness, the Emir of Bauchi for his leadership, commitment and his presence to ensure that everyone to be alive to their responsibilities" Governor Mohammed added

On COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Bala Mohammed, said the state government in its effort to make the State free from COVID-19 pandemic, will come up with creative ideas in not only managing the scarce resources, but to partner with institutions whose mandate is to provide a window for collaboration to enable the state achieve meaningful results in dealing with its peculiar situation.

In their separate remarks, the State Deputy Governor who is the Chairman, Task Force on COVID-19, Senator Baba Tela, Emir of Bauchi and Chairman of Palliative Distribution Committee, expressed gratitude to Governor Bala Mohammed for not interfering in the committee's responsibilities. NNL.