MALIK BOSSO 4By Ibrahim Akawu 

The chairman, Niger State House of Assembly ad-hoc committee investigating the activities of covid-19 state taskforce, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso, yesterday directed that food items donated as palliatives to the state should immediately be distributed.

He gave the directives at the warehouse building of the Niger State Supply Company, after his committee undertook on the spot oversight visit to verify claims made by the taskforce committee during investigative hearing.

Hon Malik said keeping large quantity of food when the people are hungry and looking for help was not only unwise but would not serve the purpose of the donations.

He expressed anger that the food donations made over two months ago were left rotten in a store while the people to benefit from it are dying of hunger.

He then appealed to the taskforce committee, headed by the secretary to the state government to immediately put in motion mechanism that will see to the fair distribution of the items.

The legislative committee chairman said he was not happy by the explanation of the taskforce that they were waiting for the donors’ template on distribution which was the main cause of the delay.

Earlier, during interview with journalists, the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who’s also the chairman of the taskforce committee, said the delay in the distribution was because the donors insisted on using their own templates.

He said the donations were made two months ago and soon the households will be profiled to know the nature of the beneficiaries, whether they’re vulnerable or not and a proper documentation will be made.

The SSG said he hoped the palliatives will be distributed before the upcoming sallah after reaching agreement with the donors, explaining that those who donated the items must be around when government will flag off the distribution.