The distribution of palliatives to the various wards and units throughout the state’s 25 local government areas would take place during a three-day public holiday, according to Niger State Governor Muhammad Umar Bago.
Next week’s Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have been designated as the three days.
At a news conference in Minna about the method chosen for distributing the palliatives, the governor disclosed this information.
He explained that as a result, civil officials in Niger State will suspend government operations for three days.
Additionally, he instructed all political appointees to return to their wards and units for the distribution of palliatives, including permanent secretaries and local government council chairmen who are members of standing committees established by the state government.
To serve as a deterrence to others, Bago warned that anyone found diverting palliatives intended for the people would go to jail.
He added that the federal government has already sent the sum of N2bn and five trucks of rice, and that a further N2b and 40 bags of maize are on the way.
He claims that “the sum of N3.2bn will be disbursed to the 25 LGs as palliatives on Monday, adding that N5.2bn will be injected into local markets next week to boast economic activities in the state.”