Adamawa state government has ordered refund of the fifity percent payment made by the general public for the purchase of rice as palliatives in the state.
This was reveal by the chairman of the state palliative coordination and distribution committee, who doubled as the secretary to the state government, Auwal Tukur while speaking to newsmen at the government house shortly after the committee’s meeting at the government house.
The chairman of the committee, Auwal Tukur said the state governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri during the flag off of the palliative distribution in the state announced that the distribution is now free and no more fiftry percent hence the need for the refund of monies collected in that regards.
” and I will take this opportunity at this point to say that whoever had paid for it in advance should please collect their money back from whoever they give their money to, I’m sure those people that collected the monies are responsible are all responsible men and women I know that. So they should make sure they will make sure that they pay back to respective people”
Auwal tukur said the committee has redesign the distribution pattern of the received fifty five trucks of the rice intended for the vulnerable house hold in the state.
According to him the essence of redesigning the distribution plan is to ensure that the palliative goes down to the grass root as equitable as possible.
” initially we’ve ordered for fifty and we already had have five from the federal government, so the same fifty five which was supposed to be distributed in 25 kg packages to be sold then, we’ve come back and with the approval of the committee have redesigned it and repackaged it to 10 kg so we’ll be distributing it in 10 kg”
Auwal Tukur said as part of its resolution, committee has resolved to re-bag earlier agreed 25 kg of the rice to 10 kg for onward distribution.
In the new arrangement, the chairman said supplementary groups has been added to the distribution chart which includes emirs and chiefs, state house of assembly, civil servants below level six & daily rated workers, commissioners, schools, CAN and muslim council as well as the security abd the press.
” Rice is ready to go, we expect to start rolling out tomorrow to various local governments, we’d already preposition them, maize starts within the next week hopefully, we would’ve have repackaged, received a lot of quantity and be able to distribute that to our people”
Auwal Tukur said the committee had equally started receiving trucks of maize that were ordered for distribution to the people.
While reassuring that so far the state government had received only two billion naira from the federal government against the five billion naira that people are talking about, and out of the 150 trucks of maize that is expected to arrive in the state , only six was received and upon receipt, it will be rebag to 25 kg so that it can be distributed across the state to the vulnerable households.