The Katsina State Government has denied receiving N5 billion as a palliative from the Federal Government in order to ameliorate the pain of the state’s populace as a result of the elimination of gasoline subsidies.
Mr. Bala Salisu-Zango, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Home Affairs, cleared the air on Wednesday at a news conference.
He stated that the state received only N2 billion from the federal government, which was previously utilized to purchase 40,000 bags of rice to be distributed to citizens across the state’s voting units.
Zango further reminded that the state Governor, Mallam Dikko Umaru Radda, had asked all Local Government Councils in the state to acquire and distribute maize to inhabitants free of charge in order to mitigate the impact of the elimination of fuel subsidies.
He said that the grains had already been purchased and distributed to all voting stations in the state.
Meanwhile, the Katsina Information Commissioner refuted claims that the state administration is delivering bad corn to recipients.
He stated that the committee’s caliber would not allow their name to be dragged in the mud by allowing such.
Nonetheless, he warned that anyone found lacking in such would face the consequences.
Zango urged locals to remain calm, promising them that more grain would be acquired and distributed as soon as the next batch of funding arrived.