The Nasarawa State Government has begun massive purchase of grains which will be distributed to the needy to cushion the effects of the partial lockdown in the state.
Dogo Shammah, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency (NAN) on Monday (April 6, 2020) in Lafia.
He explained that Governor Abdullahi Sule had already constituted a taskforce whose sole responsibility is to workout modalities to contain the spread of COVID-19.
According to him, the committee which is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, Deputy Governor of the state had mandated the subcommittee on agriculture to massively purchase food and store in food banks.
He noted that the subcommittee, headed by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources, Professor Allahnana Otaki, immediately swung into action and has since identified the food banks and had commenced the purchase of grains.
He said that modalities for distribution is still being worked out and would be made public by the Governor when it is concluded.
He promised that the government would put machinery on ground to ensure that the process is not hijacked and the food gets to those that really need it.
He therefore assured the people of the state that the government would continue to prioritize their health, security and welfare.
Governor Abdullahi Sule had on April 2, imposed a 24-hours curfew in Karu Local Government Area, restricted movement from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am in other parts of the state among other measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.