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N2.9b Allegedly Spent On Ramadan Palliative: Governor Matawalle Speaks

The Zamfara State Government has said her attention has been drawn to stories on many media platforms of which the sum of of N2.9 billion was allegedly  spent on the provision of Ramadan palliatives in the state.

The information that was rightly emanated from the speech read by His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) in a statewide broadcast to mark the end of the fasting period to wish all Muslims a stress free Sallah celebration was however been misconstrued by the public.

In a statement made available to Omonaijablog, Special Adviser,
Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication to Governor Matawalle,
Zailani Bappa, he said, "Indeed, the Governor made mention of the said figures as palliatives cost during the period in question, but a breakdown of how that figure was arrived at did not reflect in the speech which is drawing a lot of criticisms from the general public."

"Hence, the need for immediate clarification. The state Government actually spent the sum of N1,100, 000, 000 in the provision of foodstuff, purchase of cooking materials and ingredients and in the payment of cooks for the supply of food twice daily in all the selected feeding centers across the state throughout the one month period of the Ramadan."

He said,  "The balance is not actually an amount spent but represents the cost of foodstuff acquired for Civil Servants in the state of which the state Government stood as guarantor. In repayment of the cost of the foodstuff by the benefitting civil servants, the state Government will subsidise the cost by offsetting a fraction of the cost of the items supplied."

"Hence, the figure of N1,100,000,000 is the actual amount of money spent by the state Government during the festive period to ease the fasting of all citizens of the state, especially under the current pandemic of covid-19."

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  1. These politicians are crooks, using the corona virus to embezzlement money