The Federal Government has commenced the distribution of 3,659.7 metric tonnes of grains to 80,405 households in Sokoto State, in a bid to ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdown.
Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) AVM Muhammadu Muhammed stated this at the presentation of the food items to the state government yesterday in Sokoto.
Muhammed, represented by Dr. Onimode Bandele, Director Relief of the Agency, announced that the Federal Government had sanctioned the provision of assorted grains for distribution to vulnerable households in the state, in the wake mitigate of COVID-19 lockdown.
He said: “We are presenting assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The items are to serve as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the recent restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.”
Muhammed listed the food items to include 1, 701.6 tonnes of maize; 173.10 tonnes of millet and 1,785 tonnes of sorghum.
He noted that the food items were supplied in batches of 57; 59½ and six trailer loads respectively.
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