Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, officially launched a committee comprising 12 individuals responsible for the distribution of the N5 billion federal government palliative within the state.
The governor emphasized that the distribution process would remain impartial, transparent, and credible.
The committee was established in response to the nationwide palliatives announced by the federal government, including N4 billion worth of rice and maize from the strategic maize reserve (SMR), valued at approximately N1 billion.
Governor AbdulRazaq stressed that the palliatives were a temporary measure aimed at assisting the most vulnerable citizens during the challenges posed by the fuel subsidy removal, and he reaffirmed the government’s commitment to other initiatives to bolster the economy, such as promoting gas and electricity-powered vehicles, enhancing agricultural productivity, and supporting small and medium-scale enterprises.
He urged the committee to ensure the equitable distribution of the palliatives across the state, commending their willingness to serve and encouraging them to set an example for other states to follow.
The committee’s responsibilities encompass engaging various stakeholders, generating a comprehensive list of beneficiaries, coordinating the distribution of rice palliatives in 10kg bags, and advising on the optimal handling of the maize component.
The committee’s timeline for completion will depend on factors such as the receipt of the remaining N2 billion, which will be used to purchase additional food supplies. Speaking on behalf of the committee, Commissioner of Police Ebunoluwa Rotimi Adelesi pledged transparency and a focus on deserving recipients.
The committee comprises individuals from diverse backgrounds, including community representatives, disability advocates, and media professionals, all of whom are committed to fulfilling their duties under the governor’s trust.
Members of the committee are CP Adelesi; His Royal Highness Dr. Haliru Yahaya (OON); Abdulrasheed Shafi (DSS); Prof Hamzah Abdulraheem (Secretary General of JNI, Kwara State); Bishop Sunday Timothy Adewole (CAN); Dr Lawal Olohungbebe (CSO); Mrs Grace Funke Bolaji (CSO); Dr. Saudat AbdulBaqi; Stephen Owoyale; Comrade Yusuf Bashir (people living with disabilities); Binta Abubakar Mora (NUJ); and Abdulrahman Babatunde Ameen (Secretary).