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Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto, and Others Spend N28.3 Billion on Ramadan Feeding Programs

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Kebbi, Kano, Sokoto, and Others Spend N28.3 Billion on Ramadan Feeding Programs

As the holy month of Ramadan progresses, seven states in Nigeria have allocated a staggering sum of over N28.3 billion to provide food for residents during this period. These states, including Katsina, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi, Niger, and Yobe, have embarked on extensive feeding programs aimed at supporting the less privileged during the fasting season.

Katsina State leads the pack with a budget of N10 billion, followed by Sokoto with N6.7 billion and Kano with N6 billion. Other states have also allocated substantial amounts, ranging from N178 million to N2.83 billion, to ensure that their citizens have access to food during Ramadan.

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While these initiatives are aimed at providing essential support to those in need, concerns have been raised about the transparency and accountability of the process. Many clerics and observers have called for strict oversight to prevent any potential abuse or mismanagement of funds.

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Governor Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State emphasized that the feeding program is intended to support citizens and alleviate hardship during Ramadan. Similarly, Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State highlighted the importance of providing assistance to the people, stating that N6.7 billion was expended on Ramadan and other packages for the state’s residents.

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In Kano State, the government aims to reach four million people across all 44 local government areas. Commissioner Baba Dantiye explained that the program includes 90 special centers equipped to cater to the most needy individuals, ensuring the fair distribution of food items.

Jigawa State plans to implement its feeding program through 609 feeding centers, targeting 182,700 poor and vulnerable people daily. Additionally, emergency procurement of rice and spaghetti has been allocated to ensure an adequate food supply.

Read more: Kano Allocates N6 Billion for Ramadan Feeding Program

Despite the significant budget allocations, concerns remain about the potential for corruption and mismanagement. Clerics like Malam Ahmad Abdullahi in Bauchi emphasize the importance of accountability and urge both officials and contractors to act with integrity.

Sheik Sharafudeen Abdulsalam Aliagan, Chief Imam of Nasirul-Lahi-Li-Fatih Mosque, commended the initiative but stressed the need for proper management and distribution of resources. He emphasized that the sanctity of Ramadan should guide those entrusted with managing the funds.

While these feeding programs aim to alleviate hunger and support vulnerable communities during Ramadan, it is essential for authorities to ensure transparency and accountability in their implementation to maintain public trust and effectively address the needs of the people.

Source:
Daily Trust

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