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Anambra, Sokoto, Nasarawa receive FG’s palliative rice



FEDERAL government yesterday, handed over 5,400 bags of 50kg rice and other relief items to Anambra, Sokoto and Nasarawa States as part of its efforts to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

  The relief items arrived in nine trucks from Nigeria Customs’ warehouse in Seme border, Lagos for onward delivery to the three states.

  Lagos State Coordinator of National Social Safety Net Project, Kemi Adedeji, presented the items to officials of the three states on behalf of Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiyah Umar Farouq.

  According to her, the gesture was in fulfillment of federal government’s promise to cushion effects of COVID-19.

  The palliatives include 98 jerry cans of vegetable oil which Adedeji said should be distributed to indigent people in the states. She urged the officials of the three state governments to ensure that the relief materials get to those it was intended for.

  Handing over the relief items, Acting Customs Area Comptroller in Seme, Dalha Wada said the Comptroller General of Customs, Hammed Ali directed release of the relief items as palliatives to the states in compliance with Federal Government directive.

  He further disclosed that the items had been checked and certified as good for human consumption by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

  Promising that the relief materials would be distributed among the needy in the state while receiving the items on behalf of Anambra Government, the State Liaison Officer in Lagos, Uloma Wise thanked the Federal Government for the assistance.

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