Sokoto State Government plans to expend the sum of N500m to feed residents of the state during Ramadan.
While constituting a 32-person committee on COVID-19 Ramadan feeding programme in the state, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said explained that the cost is due to inflation in the country.
“Unlike last year, there is significant rise in the amount to be spent from N380m last year to N500m this year due to increase in the number of envisaged beneficiaries and the increase in the price of commodities”, Tambuwal said.
“The feeding programme, with a modified mandate slightly different from its kind executed in the past, will take cognizance of the World Health Organisation guidelines on the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
“Although the number of feeding centres in the state has been increased from 137 in 2019 to 150 this year, steps have been taken to ensure they are not crowded during breakfast distribution sessions.
Tambuwal further explained; “In order to ensure that we observe the guidelines, raw food would be mainly given to the beneficiaries while some selected centres will be designated to provide only takeaways.”
The committee on COVID-19 Ramadan feeding programme in Sokoto state is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Umar, while a former Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Bello Mailato, would serve as secretary to the committee.
The state’s ministry of health and all security agencies in the state would be represented by one person each.