The Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu inspecting the materials before distribution.

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku on Saturday commenced distribution of palliatives received from the federal government to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The palliative received from the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Victims Support Funds (VSF) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC), include rice, yam and other food items.

Handling over the palliatives to local government caretaker Chairmen for onward distribution to the wards, Gov. Ishaku represented by the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu called for transparency in distribution of the items to the 168 wards in the state.

Ishaku said the poorest of the poor across the state were the target in the distribution of the palliatives.

“For the sake of transparency, all the 16 local government chairmen including the leadership of Muslim Council and the Christian Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Journalists and the representatives of women groups are involved in the exercise.

“His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku has also directed that the distribution of the items should be across party lines.

“Accordingly, we have involved the conference of Nigerian political parties and the two major political parties in the state, PDP and the APC to be part of the distribution committee,” Manu said.

Speaking on behalf of the committee, Taraba State ALGON chairman and caretaker Chairman of Jalingo local government, Hon. Abdulnaseer Boboji promised not to disappoint the government.

At the time of filing this report trucks were loading the materials to various local government councils for distribution to the people.