The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad-Maikurata, made this known shortly after the distribution of the palliatives in Birnin Kebbi.
She said that the ministry was able to secure approval of the state government for the distribution of Palliatives to the vulnerable groups in the state.
“The ministry with mandate to improve the livelihood of individuals, families and communities at large was able to secure approval from the state government for the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable groups across the 21 LGAs in the state.
“In view of the significant number of people affected by lockdown and restriction of movement, the intervention was aimed at providing relief materials and social support to vulnerable people in the state,” Muhammad-Maikurata said.
Accirding to her, the palliative items include rice, textile materials and cash.
She said that the palliatives were distributed directly to vulnerable people in their various local communities.
“In the intervention, over 160 vulnerable groups benefited in 20 LGAs, while 250 groups benefited in Birnin Kebbi LGA.
“The groups were highly excited and showed gratitude to the state government’s efforts in putting smile on their faces during this critical period of social and economic hardship due to COVID-19.
“We are also calling on the groups to use the palliatives judiciously to achieve the government aims in containing the spread of coronavirus,” Muhammad-Maikurata said.
The permanent secretary commended Gov. Atiku Bagudu for his leadership and governance, especially toward the improvement of individual’s livelihood in Kebbi. .
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide (NAN)