Chima Azubuike, Gombe
Gombe state Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. Mela Nunghe, on Friday said unlike other states that hoarded covid-19 palliative, Gombe state has been distributing items to the vulnerable in the society.
Nunghe disclosed this in a telephone chat with our correspondent, adding that the state had embarked on first and second distribution across the 11 LGA’s and was about undertaking a third tranche of the distribution before the civil unrest.
According to him, “Already we have had the first and second phase of distribution of palliatives which was led by the chairman, Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III across the 11 LGAs in the state. We were going to go on the third phase when the incidences started occurring we can’t proceed because the atmosphere is tensed but as soon as the atmosphere is calm we will proceed. If we get security report to indicate that we should start tomorrow, we will begin. The people that are yet to get should be patient. People of Gombe are understanding, because they know our sincerity. we are not like the other states where since the covid-19 palliative started are yet to bring out one bag, which is the difference between us and where warehouses are burgled.”
Responding to how many security operatives have been deployed to ensure safety of the warehouse, Nunghe said, “I think we have up to 20 of each security outfit and they are doing shift and we have a tank at that roundabout going to Bajoga. Our governor, Inuwa Yahaya should be commended for being humane he has always targeted the poor and the vulnerable, and weak. When you take some lists he will strike out some names, saying they are not vulnerable, he has ensured that the right people benefit from the palliative. So far, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has tried compared to his other counterparts.”
Recall that Gombe is one of the few states, without cases of wanton looting of the warehouse.