Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State on Monday directed all the 27 local government chairmen to spend N64.8 million to provide free feeding to their people in the month of Ramadan.
The Commissioner of Local Government and Community Development, Alhaji Salisu Indirawa, disclosed this today in Dutse, the capital.
Indirawa said that densely-populated local governments like Dutse, Hadejia, Birnin-kudu, Kazaure and Gumel, among others, were allowed to spend N50, 000 each day. According to him, the less-populated ones are directed to spend only N30, 000 per day. He said that the programme was aimed at providing free food to the less-privileged in the society.
The commissioner enjoined the councils to keep the free foods in strategic locations like motor parks, market squares, mosques and major streets where it could be easily obtained. Indirawa said that the densely-populated local governments would spend N1. 5 million each within the 30 days of the fasting period while the less-populated ones would spend N900, 000 each.
He said that all together, the 27 councils would spend a total sum of N64.8 million for the programme.