Nura Salisu Murtala, a former Maiduguri Metropolitan Councillor and Adviser to former governor Kashim Shettima has lauded Gov. Babagana Zulum for distributing palliatives to the needy in various wards in Maiduguri.
Nura made the commendation while commenting on the ongoing distribution of palliatives by the Borno State Government.
“Governor Zulum deserved commendation by his constant monitoring and participating in the distribution of the palliatives to ensure that the right thing is done,” Nura said.
He urged the other organisations and well to do individuals in the society to emulate the government in reaching out to the needy in this period of need.
Nura also urged the people of Borno to continue to support the the administration of governor Zulum to enable is sustain it laudable people oriented programmes.
Also speaking, Abubakar Ibrahim of Mairi ward lauded the governor for his commitment to welfare of the needy and prayed God to continue to give him the wisdom to lead.
“We are excited about the arrival of the items which comprised grains and cooking oil , among others, stock piled at Maimusari primary school.
“We don’t know when they will start sharing just as they did in other wards but we want to say thank you Gov. Zulum, for matching your word with action,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim said that though his name was not in the list of beneficiaries, he had no issue with that as far as those listed were truly the poorest of the poor as explained by the palliative committee.
Also speaking, the state Chairman of Network of Civil Society Organisations in Borno (NECSOB), Amb. Ahmed Shehu, lauded the commencement of the distribution of palliatives to the needy by government and stressed the need to expedite action on the exercise.
Shehu said NECSOB had a situation room monitoring the lockdown, and that it had received some complaints and suggestions on the distribution of the palliatives, which it forwarded to the government for necessary action to improve the exercise.
On her part, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, the Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) who doubled as the Secretary of the State Palliative Committee, said about 23,000 households in Maiduguri metropolis had benefitted from the gesture to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
“Our formula for the distribution of the palliatives is 10 per cent to persons with disabilities, 20 per cent to the elderly, 20 per cent to widows and the remaining 50 per cent to poorest of the poor,’’ Kolo said.
While assuring that they would look into complaints based on merit regarding the sharing of the palliatives, Kolo said the committee had so far covered nine wards in Maiduguri metropolis.