Katsina is one of the states that did not record looting of palliatives from warehouses following the #EndSARS protests that rocked parts of Nigeria recently.
This was largely due to the effective measures put in place by the Aminu Masari Administration, to ensure equitable distribution of the relief materials, with the state Deputy Governor, QS Mannir Yakubu, as the chairman state Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19.
The negative impact of the pandemic largely fueled a recent protest in some states in the country, particularly after the discovery of undistributed COVID-19 palliatives stocked in warehouses in some states in the country.
However, while prioritizing the welfare of vulnerable households in the state, the Katsina State government took exemplary and guided proactive actions in distribution of the state’s share of the palliatives.
The state government had in August last year flagged off the distribution of palliatives in the state. The distribution in the 34 local governments of the state has been carried out so far in the first, second, third and fourth rounds since August last year as palliative materials and food items were delivered to the state.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari had disclosed how over 2, 211 most vulnerable households were to benefit from the victims support fund in the state.
Beyond food items, also distributed in the state included personnel protective equipment and essential hygiene products donated to katsina State Government by the victims support fund of the TY Danjuma foundation at Central store Katsina.
According to Governor Masari during the palliatives sharing flag off, each beneficiaries will receive 10kg of rice, 10kg of maize, 10 kg of beans, 1 gallon of cooking oil and 1kg of salt in the first phase.
The governor also assured that additional personal protection, essential medical and hygiene products have been provided for use in isolation centers and other public places to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Governor equally assured that victims support funds food items will reach the targeted beneficiaries across the state under a well structured arrangements.
He further explain that a high powered committee at state, local government and ward levels had been set up to handle the selection, distribution, and monitoring of the palliatives.
The victim support funds food followed the success recorded in the first and second phase of palliative distribution in the state.
An Effective Distribution Mechanism
The successes recorded was at the instance of the State Deputy Governor Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, who is the chairman state Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19.
Due to the confidence reposed in him by the state governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari, the deputy Governor and his committee swung into action.
The structure of the committee was such that the state was divided into three based on its senatorial zones, with the Speaker Katsina State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tasi’u Musa Maigari, heading the Daura zone, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, heading the Funtua zone, while the Chief of Staff, Katsina Government House, Alh. Muntari Lawan, heading the Katsina zone.
A robust state implementation committee with membership drawn from relevant Government Agencies community leaders, civil society, and faith based organizations as well as members of the state house of Assembly was constituted to undertake the distribution of the food relief items in order to reach the desired people. A replica of the state committee was constituted as local government implementation Committee and the same thing at the ward level, all to ensure transparency and accountability in the distribution exercise.
The relief materials received by the state could be categorized into three: the one received from the federal government, through the ministry of humanitarian; the one from the Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID) and the one received from individuals and NGOs such as The T. Y. Danjuma Foundation (Victim Support Fund).
At the flag off of the victim support fund food distribution and the third round of state palliatives disbursement, the state deputy governor had noted that COVID-19 pandemic in the state and the nation in general witnessed an unprecedented solidarity and cooperation between the private sector, federal and state government towards addressing the negative effects of the pandemic in the state and the nation in general.
He had disclosed that the victims support funds had donated over 11,000 assorted food items, medical equipment and hygiene products for distribution to the most vulnerable house holds internally displaced person IDPs and isolation centers.
First Round of Palliatives Disbursement
During the first round of COVID-19 palliatives distribution in Katsina State, over 67,000 vulnerable households across the 34 local governments in the State benefited.
Each of the beneficiaries received 10kg of maize, 10kg of rice, 5kg of sugar, 1kg of salt, 1 carton of spaghetti and 2 cartons of noodles.
The food palliatives were donated to State by private sector coalition against covid-19 (CACOViD) while state and local government implementation committees within the three Senatorial Districts ensured justice, equity and fairness in the distribution of the palliative.
The chairman of the state task force committee on COVID-19 and the State Deputy Governor had disclosed the State Government has received 428,110 out 469,742 assorted food items donated to the State by the CACOVID during the first round of palliatives distribution.
Also, also made available were hospital equipment and materials that facilitated take off of one of the state’s infectious disease isolation centres beside the donation of assorted food items for distribution to 67,106 vulnerable households across the 34 local government areas of the state.
Second Round of COVID-19 Palliatives Distribution
The second round of palliatives distribution was launched by the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tasiu Musa Maigari.
The palliatives were provided by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for Daura Senatorial Zone.
The Speaker who represents Daura Senatorial Zone in the palliative distribution committees said already people from the Zone benefitted from the first round of the distribution.
He had explained that the food items were provided to cushion the effect of COVID-19 in the State.
Alhaji Tasiu Maigari appreciated the efforts of the distribution committee and called on the beneficiaries to make good use of items recieved.
The items distributed during the second phase of the distribution include sixty seven thousand one hundred and six bags of Rice, sugar, salt, spaghetti, gari as well as one hundred and thirty four thousand two hundred and twelves cartoons of Indomie noodles.
Third Round of COVID-19 Palliatives Distribution
The Katsina State Government released a total of 12,243 bags of rice, as third phase of COVID-19 palliative for 11 Local Government Area of Funtua zone.
The palliative also included 10,500 bags of maize flour, 12,000 cartons of spaghetti and 24, 000 cartons of indomie noodles, among others.
Launching the distribution at Kankara Local Government secretariat, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, said each beneficiary will receive one bag of rice and maize flour.
These according to shehu Tafoki, was in addition to two cartons of indomie noodles, one spaghetti and a sachet of salt and sugar.
Then the Fourth Round of COVID-19 Palliatives Distribution
This February, Katsina State Government distributed the fourth round of Covid 19 palliatives to beneficiaries in the 34 local government areas in the state.
The Speaker Katsina State House of Assembly Alhaji Tasiu Musa Maigari said the palliatives, like the ones earlier, were meant to cushion the hardships faced by people as a result of the negative impacts of COVID-19 pendamic.
Alhaji Tasiu Maigari pointed out that government is concerned with the plight of the people during the COVID-19 and deem it necessary to assist the people in all ways possible.
He said that the items distributed to beneficiaries included 10kg of rice, sugar, indomie noodles, and spaghetti.
Tasiu said “we have 4,902 polling units in the State. Six people were selected to benefit in each of the polling unit across the 34 local governments in the State.
During the distribution in the Daura zone, over thirteen thousand ten kilograms of rice and maize flour were allocated for Daura zone. Over 26 cartoons of instant noodle as well as sugar and salt were equally distributed.
He said the APC led administration was committed in executing series of empowerment program citing the monthly conditional each transfer as one of the programmes.
The speaker disclosed that the state Government in its 2021 budgeting provision has proposed various capital projects for the overall benefits of the electorate.
Maigari expressed the readiness of the legislative arm to continue with the good relationship with the executive arm for more development in the state.
He warned members of the committees at all levels against betrayal during the distribution of the palliative
In a remark, Daura Zonal APC chairman, Alhaji Unman OC, who is a member of the distribution committee, thanked the Federal and state governments for initiating various policies and programmes aimed at improving the lives of the electorate.
This explains why no single COVID-19 palliative warehouse was vandalized in the state during and after the #EndSARS protests in the country as the warehouses were systematically emptied with palliatives fairly and justly handed over the most vulnerable people in the state to cushion the hardships they faced amidst the uncertainties that they have continued to faced.
While the citizens are happy with the Governor Masari administration, the state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu has given due account of the confidence reposed in him by the state governor.