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National Emergency Management Agency delivers 1,312 tonnes of grains to Kaduna state government

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented 1,312 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities to the Kaduna State Governor Uba Sani for onward transmission and  distribution to vulnerable persons in the state.

Penpushing reports that the Director-General of the agency, Zubaida Umar did the presentation on Friday, explaining that the gesture was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to cushion the effects of the high cost of food items in the country.

The Director-General added that the gesture was in fulfillment of the promise made by President Bola Tinubu to reduce the impact of the current economic downturn being experienced in the country.

‘In line with the Renewed Hope Agenda, Mr President approved the release of 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities from the National Strategic Reserve. The assorted food commodities include maize, millet, sorghum and garri’, Umar said.

‘After sharing the commodities and successfully transporting the quantity allocated to the state, today we are here to hand over the food items to the state government. They are to be distributed to the identified deserving beneficiaries in the communities, through the constituted committees in each local government area’, she added.

‘It is worthy of note that based on the allocation table, Kaduna State has been allocated; 550 metric tonnes of maize (10,120 bags of 50kg), 650 metric tonnes of sorghum (11,778 bags of 50 kg) and 237 metric tonnes of millet (4,370 bags of 50kg).”

Penpushing further reports that she emphasized that based on the directive of the Federal Government, 20 per cent of the food items due for each local government would be given to religious organisations and three per cent to be handed over to boarding schools in the area.

The Director-General in the same vein, used the opportunity of the occasion to alert the Governor Sanni on the 2024 seasonal climate predictions and the annual flood outlook, with a call and advice for the residents to be at alert.

Penpushing also reports that the agency boss pointed out that the predictions indicated that in April, May and June, 25 states and 72 councils were flood high-risk areas, indicating heightened vulnerability to flooding.

The Director-General added that s the vulnerability would persist into the subsequent months of July to September, with 33 states and 135 local government areas identified as high-risk areas, while the period between October and November had 19 states and 44 council areas.

‘This year, the probable flood risk areas in Kaduna State are Kajuru, Kachia, Kubau, Igabi and Chikun Local Government Areas. In view of the foregoing, I wish to request the state government to kindly take proactive and necessary measures in addressing these issues’, she stressed

Penpushing reports that the Governor in his remarks ordered the committee in charge of the distribution and security agencies to ensure that the grains reach the identified vulnerable persons, as he equally assured that the broad-based committee would ensure that the grains were distributed to the vulnerable citizens in a fair and equitable manner.

‘Our administration is committed to bringing succour to the most vulnerable, the committee on distribution of palliatives has been doing a commendable job’, the Governor emphasised

Penpushing further reports that Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Usman Mazadu earlier in his opening speech commended the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)for the support to the vulnerables in the state.

The agency scribe disclosed that the state had constituted committees of stakeholders in the 23 local government areas saddled with the responsibility of distributing the items with utmost transparency, stressing that storage facilities have been fortified for the safekeeping of the items and deployed maximum security to ensure integrity.

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