Group calls for transparency in distribution of relief materials in kaduna State
From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Attn: News Editor
A Group under the auspices of
Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) based in kaduna State North West Nigeria has called on the Government to ensure accountability and transparency in the distribution of relief materials to vulnerable groups in Kaduna state.
The Chairperson of the GroupJessica Bartholomew,made the assertion in a statement made available to the media in kaduna on 2nd April 2020.
According to the statement the coalition lauds the Government step of earmarking N500 million for the procurement and distribution of relief materials in eight pilot local government areas which are: Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi, Chikun, Zaria, Sabon Gari, Kaura and Jema’a, covering the three (3) geo political zones, the vulnerable must be the beneficiaries.
Jessica Bartholomew, added that Government must ensure social accountability and transparency in the distribution of relief materials to poor and vulnerable households largely affected by the total lockdown of the state as part of measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Kaduna State.
“KADSPAC, is a network of active civil society and media partners working collaboratively to strengthen transparency and accountability in the Social Protection system in the State,” she said.
According to her, the coalition has the goal of ‘improved coordination and delivery of Social Protection programmes to benefit poor and vulnerable people in Kaduna state’.
“We need to jointly confront and defeat the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19) ravaging the world. For us in Kaduna State, the Government has continued to take proactive measures to stop the spread of the virus among its citizenry as well as the laudable step to put relief measures in place to cushion the impact of the current lockdown across the state. ”
“We commend Governor Nasir El-Rufai and his Covid-19 emergency team for being decisive in communicating preventive measures that have culminated into the imposition of indefinite curfew on the State, as best alternative to preventing the spread of the virus in the state.”
“Equally important is the palliative measures being taken to cushion the effect of the lockdown, particularly on the most vulnerable groups in the State.” She said