By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Kano state government says it has spent N425 million to ease the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kano Focus reports that the state deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna said this on Tuesday while launching the 3rd phase of the palliative distribution program at Farm Centre, Tarauni local government.
Mr Gawuna who is the Chairman Kano State Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 said over 300,000 households are expected to benefit from the palliatives with 1,050 households targeted in the 3rd phase.
“Kano State Government has to commitN140 million at this phase in order to achieve what we are doing today.” He said.
Mr Gawuna added that Kano State is winning the war against covid-19.
He explained that out of the 223 samples submitted by Kano state on the 31st of July, only 6 came out as positive while the samples sent on 1st, 2nd and 3rd August 2020 of 50, 340 and 317 people respectively all came out to be negative.
The chairman of the palliatives distribution committee, Muhammad Yahuza Bello said 100,000 households benefitted from the 1st and 2nd rounds of the exercise.
He said 28kg bags of Maize, 27,000 cartons of spaghetti, 40,000 gallons of cooking oil among others, would be distributed in the 3rd round of the exercise,.
He added that the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds would come up soon.
In a related development, Mr Gawuna had on Tuesday received food items under the COVID-19 palliative programme from the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) at Kumbotso local government.
He thanked CACOVID and recalled that “this is not the first palliative support by the coalition as Abubakar Imam Urology Isolation Centre was renovated and equipped by this group”.
In his address, CACOVID representative, Abdulkadir Sidi explained that the CACOVID food palliative program is an attempt by the Private Sector Coalition to support the state government’s effort in providing relief to the Nigerian populace toward cushioning the hardship caused by the Corona virus.
Items donated by the Coalition according to Sidi, include rice, semolina, masa flour, sugar, noodles, macaroni and salt among others.