Nigerian Federal Government Suspends Cash Transfer, Palliative Distribution In Zamfara State

Photo of the Minister of humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq

The Federal government has announced the suspension of the palliatives distribution as well as its conditional cash transfer program in Zamfara State until further notice. This development was disclosed in Abuja by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. Also, the federal government said that the development is as a result of the insecurity in the state.

This announcement came shortly after the alleged controversy surrounding the visit by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq to the state on Sunday. According to the statement by the ministry, it reads and I quote:

The ministry has postponed the flag-off ceremony of the Conditional Cash Transfer intervention in Zamfara State due to insecurity. The flag-off of GEEP loans, fertilizer distribution and handing over of COVID-19 palliatives, all scheduled for the weekend in Zamfara, have been suspended till further notice.”

Before this announcement, it was gathered from our source that the Minister had gone to State Government house on Sunday to pay a courtesy call on the Governor, Bello Matawalle upon her arrival to the state. However, reports also had it that neither the governor nor any of his aides were available to receive her and after a long wait without being attended to, the Minister returned to Abuja using a waiting helicopter. As a result of this, the people who gathered to receive the palliatives returned to their various homes empty-handed.

On other news making the round at this day, the federal government of Nigeria had declared Friday, June 12, a public holiday. This is to mark this year’s democracy day. The announcement was made by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Monday in a press release signed by Georgina Ehuriah, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior.

It can be recalled that, President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2018 declared June 12 as Nigeria’s democracy day in place of the initial May 29, the Anniversary of the fourth republic; which since the year 2000 has been marked as the country’s democracy day.

Photo of President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria

President Buhari made this change in honor of the memory of Moshood Abiola who won the June 12, 1993 election that was annulled by the military leader then, Ibrahim Babangida. Mr. Moshood Abiola eventually died in detention on July 8, 1998 while being held for declaring himself president over the annulled poll.
Also, the Minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregvesola, after the declaration congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad for the effort in the entrenchment of democratic rule in the country. He commended the heroes of democracy for the dogged determination and sacrifice which eventually birthed Democratic Governance in Nigeria. He called on Nigerians to continue to cherish these selfless efforts made by these individuals and try and collaborate with the president Muhammadu Buhari led-administration to ensure the realization of the democratic ideas which these patriots fought for, even with their lives.

Photo of MOs hood Abiola, winner of the June 12,1993 Presidential Election that was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babanginda
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