Vanguard (Lagos)

3 November 2003

Nigeria: Ramadan: Kano Earmarks N54m for Feeding of Indigent Believers

Kano — KANO State government has budgeted N54 miillion Naira for the feeding of the poor during the on-going Ramadam, Chairman of the scheme, Alhaji Nura Sani Hanga has said.

Alhaji Hanga who is also the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning said the amount would be spent on the purchase of foodstuff, plastic materials, logistics and allowances for adhoc staff recruited for the exercise throughout the fasting period. He explained that the state metropolitan local governments have been divided into six collection centers where all the prepared food would be collected and packaged, adding that 12,000 packages are expected to be dropped at each of the collection centers.

The chairman who named the centres as Kawaji Upper Sharia Court, Gyadi-gaydi quarters, Pilgrims camp, government printing press, agency for mass education and Goron Dutse Women Centre, said there are no fixed centres for the distribution of the food under the arrangement.

Alhaji Hanga further disclosed that the state government had also directed all the 44 local government to set aside N100,000 daily for the implementation of the feeding scheme throughout the fasting period in their various councils. And explained that the metropolitan councils are expected to boost the scheme by ensuring that widows and aged women who are banned from collecting the food from the collection centres get it at their doorsteps.

The chairman of the special scheme then disclosed that all the 14 commissioners in the state were also involved in the execution of the scheme to ensure that the good gesture of the state government is properly executed for the benefit of the masses. Alhaji Hanga stated that so far the have not encountered any problem with the execution of the scheme, that the people of the state appreciate the effort of the state government to assist the poor during the Ramadan period.

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