The Minister of State in the FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has said palliatives to cushion the effect of the sit-at-home order would be delivered to the houses of the vulnerable in Abuja.
The Minister said this was necessary in order to adhere to the principle of social distancing.
She said the delivery of the first batch of the palliatives would commence in Abaji Area Council of the FCT.
According to her, a truckload of 25,000 condiments and 25,000 bags of rice would be taken to Abaji for onward distribution to the vulnerable in rural communities.
“I thank you very much for keeping vigil over these palliatives. The process is set and we are ready to go. Thank you very much for believing in us by ensuring that the distribution of the palliatives would be done transparently to all the vulnerable who the scheme is targeted at.
“We are here at the flag off, starting with Abaji, and I believe all the Ward councillors and Chairman and 9-man monitoring committee are here to receive on behalf of their people. A truck load of 25,000 condiments and 25,000 bags of rice is set. This implies a breakdown of 2,500 for each ward.
“This will be done across the six Area Councils, giving us a total of 600,000 bags of rice and 600,000 packs of condiments each. At least five people per household. This will be done today, but hopefully if it is being prolonged, we will revisit this exercise.
“This is to tell residents to restore confidence in government and governance. All hands are on deck to ensure that the poor receive this palliatives at home in compliance with the sit-at-home order of Mr. President,” she stated.