Chairman of Jos North Local Government, Hon. Shehu Usman

By M. Peter – Jos.

The Management Committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government, Hon. Shehu Usman says his administration will ensure accountability, transparency and equitable distribution of the palliatives received from the state Government for onward distribution to poorest in the locality.

The Chairman stated this on while presenting the items to the Ward Distribution Committee at the Local Government Secretariat in Jos.

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The Ward Palliatives Committee constituted by the Local Government according to Philip Eplong, the Committee Chapman’s Senior Information Officer is made up of Traditional and religious leaders, Ward Councilors, Youths as well as Women representatives.

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The Chairman who personally supervised the distribution process noted that the Statd Governor Simon Lalong understood the hardship faced by the citizens due to Corona Virus pandemic, maintaining that, as a consequent of that, the state government decided to distribute palliatives to assist people “whose means of income have been badly affected’ by the lockdown in the state.

Usman enjoined the Committee to “ensure you distribute the items without bias or partisanship in accordance with the template issued by the State Government,” and warned against diversion of the items, as “any person caught wanting would be dealt with according to the law.”

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The items distributed included 250 bags of rice, 163 (25 kg bags of) maize, 52 cartons of tomato paste, 655 tubers of yams, 50 cartons of spaghetti, 50 cartons of soaps, 50 cartons of seasoning and 50 bags of salt as well as toothpaste.

Speaking separately, the Deputy Imam Jos central mosque, Sheik Ghali Adam, CAN Treasurer Jos North, Rev Dr Garba Andu and Evangelist Joshua Ringsum appreciated Governor Lalong and the Management Committee Chairman Hon. Shehu Usman for prioritising the welfare of the residents of the area saying they are comfortable with the template used for the distribution of the items.