A Councillor in Katcha Local government Area of Niger State (name withheld) is on the run after allegedly disappearing with over 30 bags of grains meant to be distributed as a palliative to members of his constituency.
He has now been declared wanted by the police. According to the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who is the Chairman Niger State Taskforce on COVID-19, who confirmed this, said the Councillor was part of a committee set up for the distribution of the grains to his community.
The state COVID-19 Taskforce Chairman also explained that the 30 bags comprised of 10 bags of rice, 10 bags of maize, and 10 bags of millet was allocated each to all the 274 wards across the 25 Local Government councils by the state government.
According to the Matane, “Committees have been set up in each of the 274 wards which comprise of Councillor, Party Chairman, Ward head, and a religious leader to monitor the distribution of the grains”.
Matane, who expressed disappointment over the attitude of the local government councillor, told journalists that security agents have been detailed to get him arrested for proper scrutiny and for the next line of action.
The state COVID-19 task force Chairman further explained that more set of grains meant to serve as palliatives will be distributed across the local government based on the procedure outline for the distribution across the State.