Palliatives: Niger LG Commissioner Warns Against Diversion

By Mohammed Baba Busu

The Niger Government has warned against the illegal diversion of palliative items meant to cushion the lives of the poor following the removal of fuel subsidy.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Muazu Janta, advised those in the committee for the distribution to be honest and ensure transparency.

Jantabo handed down the warning during the inauguration of the distribution exercise held at the Lapai council secretariat on Tuesday.

He outlined measures taken by the standing committees for the even distribution of items to ensure inclusiveness devoid of rancour and bitterness.

The commissioner reiterated the enforcement of Gov. Mohammed Bago’s directives to ensure equitable distribution of foodstuffs like rice, beans, garri and other items to all targeted communities.

According to him, special consideration for two wards in Lapai, known for their cosmopolitan demographics and township location, received special attention as agreed by the committee.

They are allocations for Gabas-Kudu and Arewa-Yamma wards that received nine bags of rice and two bags of beans each, saying that the political appointees in the 10 wards of the council agreed and contributed to cover the outstanding N1,518,000 for logistics.

Jantabo added that allocation for the other eight remaining wards in the Lapai local government area also got eight bags of rice and two bags of beans with an additional six bags of rice each.

He noted that provisions were also made for security agencies like the Lapai Police Division to receive three bags of rice; the Army two bags and the Vigilantes 20 bags.

“This is in addition to the allocations for the DSS, SIB, Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service and Prisons Service,” he stated.

Jantabo maintained that there was a residual value of N798,000 left from the total items bought for distribution, just as the logistical costs for the distribution were estimated to cost N2.316 million, leaving a balance of N1.518 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Lapai Local Government Council Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Kirikpo, has charged ward councillors to be fair and equitable in the distribution of palliatives at the grassroots level.

He appreciated the effort of the committee headed by Jantabo for his support towards a successful distribution. (NAN)