In his efforts to ensure accountability and transparency in the distribution of palliatives and judicious utilisation of the items, Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has set up compliance committees at state, local governments and ward levels.
Inaugurating the state level committee at Africa House, the Governor said it became necessary to ensure that only the targeted beneficiaries recieved the palliative.
Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf also warned that all political office holders and senior civil servants shall not be part of the palliative beneficiaries as the gesture is meant for the less privileged, orphans and vulnerable groups, people living with disabilities, hospitals and other rehabilitation centres.
The Governor tasked the committee to ensure prudance , transparency and accountability in the distribution of the palliatives to meet the desired goals.
It could be recalled that the Federal Government has allocated five trucks of rice and donated five billion naira to 36 states of the Federation to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal, part of which, the sum of two billion was received by the states.
Kano being the most populous state has canvassed for more allocation from the Federal Government as the equal share to states does not guarantee equality of distribution.
Additionally, Kano State Governor set a side, the sum of 1.6bn and purchased grains to complement the Federal Government’s effort in reducing the impact of the subsidy removal.
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has already flagged-off the distribution of palliatives on Monday, hence the need for the compliance committees to swing into action.
The state compliance committee has the Secretary to the State Government,Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi as chairman and members are: Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shehu Wada Sagagi, Commissioner of Education Hon. Umar Haruna Doguwa, and his counterparts of Agriculture Dr. Danjuma Mahmoud, Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf.
Others are Commissioner of Special Duties, Hajia Amina Abdullahi HOD, her counterparts of Religious Affairs, Shiek Ahmad Tijjani,Women, Children and Disabled, Hajia Aisha Lawan Transportation, Engr. Muhammad Diggol and that of Rural and Community Development, Hon. Hamza Kachako,while Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Management Agency, Hon. Isyaku Abdullahi Kubarachi and Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Hajia Aisha Muhammad Idris will manage the secretariat of the committee.
While the compliance committee at local government level comprises of : member of House of Representative/Commissioner/State Assembly Member from the Local Government, the political leader of the LGA, local government chairman, CRC (Community Re-Orientation Committee) Chairman, Lafiya Jari chairman, SBMC (Schools Based Management Committee) chairman and Chief Imam of the local government while Secretary to be nominated among the committee members.
At ward level, the compliance committee comprises, CRC chairman, Political leader of the ward, Councillor representing the ward, Chief Imam, most senior village head, SBMC chairman ,two women and secretary to be nominated members of the committee.
The Governor also warned that anybody found selling the palliative items will be dealt with severely as the government is determined to reach out to beneficiaries in critical need to reduce extreme hunger and abject poverty in the state.