By Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Elected Members of the Joint National Association of People with Disabilities – JNAPWD, Birnin Kebbi Local Government Chapter, have commended Governor Atiku Bagudu, for extending unparalleled Sallah monetary assistance (Sallah packages) to them.
The Chairman, Alhaji Umaru Abubakar Takalau, made the commendation in Birnin Kebbi, Wednesday, when he commented on the magnanimity of the Governor, towards them.
According to Takalau: ” The members of the association have never had it so good like now, in the history of Kebbi State.
“No Governor, I repeat, no Governor, had remembered our members in this direction, like Governor Bagudu. Only the Almighty Allah can reward him abundantly”. Adding that the governor has carved a niche for himself and we will never forget. We will continue to pray for him fervently.
He therefore pledged to continue to collectively work towards ensuring the success of the state government’s programs and policies.
One of the beneficiaries, Usman Tasha also expressed happiness with the gesture and prayed fervently to God to protect and guide the Governor in his quest to develop the state. “Let me say Alhamdulillah, I give thanks to God and Governor Bagudu for his Sallah benevolence We received cash and some food items; I am very much happy”.
Confirming the release of Sallah monetary assistance to the various groups of people with disability in the state, The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Women Affairs, Hajiya Aishatu Maikurata, said the gesture was from the state Governor. According to her, the governor had directed that all the leaders of persons with disability in all the 21 local government areas be handed their welfare for onward distribution to their members.
” In all the 21 LGAs, I made sure that we deal directly with the leadership of persons with disability who will share the money to their members. This is a directive and a staff of my ministry complied without any hesitation. “To ensure accountability and transparency in the exercise, my staff issued forms to their leaders which they filled and signed “, she added.
In a related development, Kebbi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad Shallah, has expressed delight that, Governor had transformed Kebbi into a,” plausible welfare State.
Hassan, who also commented on the Sallah largesse doled out to the cross section of the people of the state by the Governor, said,” the people of the state are evenly reaping myriad of dividends of democracy ranging from assorted developmental projects like roads, hospitals, water and electricity supplies, education and other people -oriented programs and policies.
” Others are several poverty alleviation programs aimed at further empowering the various strata of the people of the state, especially the vulnerable groups.
“That was why Kebbi State has remained a pacesetter and a trailblazer. It has remained the most peaceful and harmonious state in the country.”
Also commenting, the state Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ( ALGON), Barrister Shehu Marshall, who is also the Chairman of Jega local government, averred that, all the various classes of people both the traditional and religious leaders, women, and youths in the twenty one Local Governments of the state were not left out in this Sallah packages.
He added that It was indeed an all-inclusive gesture and Governor Bagudu has again made history as the pioneer governor to evenly touch the lives of the people like this during such festive periods.”
He therefore appealed to the people to reciprocate the gesture of state Government by continuing to remain law abiding, peaceful and supportive to the various programs and policies of the state government.