Gombe State Government has distributed relief materials to the people of Billiri Local Government Area affected by the recent crisis in the state.
The relief materials distribution exercise was conducted by a special committee constituted by the state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, with the mandate to ensure a hitch-free and fair sharing of the palliatives.
Speaking to journalists during the distribution exercise in Billiri yesterday, the Chairman of the committee, who is also the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, said about 4,000 beneficiaries captured in the committee’s register are being targeted.
He said the setting up of the relief materials distribution committee by the governor followed the destruction of property of some residents in Billiri in the recent crisis over the appointment of new Mai Tangle.
According to Jalo, “The state governor in his wisdom saw the need to bring succour to the victims of the recent crisis in Billiri through the provision of these relief materials pending the recommendations of the committee earlier set up to assess the damage done during the crisis for eventual compensation.”
He made it clear that his committee’s terms of reference are limited to the distribution of the relief materials to ease the sufferings of the victims while compensation for the affected persons will be determined by the recommendation of the assessment committee.
“As you can see, the relief materials being distributed to the affected persons include bags of rice, sugar, Garri, cartons of noodles and other forms of pasta,” Jalo said.
Expressing satisfaction on the conduct of the exercise, the committee chairman said he believed the food items would help to alleviate the sufferings of the affected persons and keep them strong in their striving to survive.
He lauded the commitment of stakeholders involved in the relief materials distribution exercise from across all strata.
Some beneficiaries, who spoke to journalists during the exercise, expressed their delight and gratitude to the state governor for the gesture.
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