COVID-19: Councilor disappears with 30 bags of palliative grains

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A Councillor in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger state (name withheld), has been declared wanted for allegedly disappearing with of 30 bags of grains meant to be distributed as palliative to members of his constituency.

The Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who is the Chairman, Niger State Taskforce on COVID-19 confirmed this in Minna on Tuesday while speaking with journalists.

He said the councillor was part of a committee set up for the distribution of the grains to his community.

The chairman also explained that the 30 bags, comprising10 bags of rice, 10 bags of maize, and 10 bags of millet was allocated each to all the 274 wards across the 25 local government areas by the state government.

According to the committee chairman, “Committees have been set up in each of the 274 wards which comprises of Councillor, Party Chairman, Ward heads, and a religious leaders to monitor the distribution of the grains.”

Matane, who was expressed disappointment over the attitude of the councililor, told journalists that security agents had been detailed to get him arrested for proper scrutiny for next line of action.

He further explained that more grains would be distributed across the local governments,based on the procedure outline for the distribution across the state.

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