The Zamfara Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Secours Islamique of France on humanitarian services.
This is contained in a statement issued in Gusau by the Director Information, State Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Bashir Kabir-Ahmad.
Kabir-Ahmad said the event was presided over by the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, accompanied by the state Head of Service (HoS), Kabiru Muhammad Gayari,
“The MoU was signed by the state Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Fa’ika Ahmad on behalf of the state government, and a representative of Secours Islamique of France and Head of Mission, Nigeria, Daouda Thiam.
In her remarks, the Commissioner said the state government under Gov. Bello Matawalle is committed to collaborating with reputable partner organizations that have excelled in addressing humanitarian crises affected by some residents of the state.
“This is in line with the present administration’s policy to improve the socio-economic status of vulnerable groups, individuals, and households,” she said.
Earlier, the representative of the Secours Islamique of France, Thiam, said the partnership is aimed at uplifting the livelihood of the vulnerable groups in the state.
According to him, the areas of interest in the partnership include Ramadan Feeding, Animal Sacrifice during Eid-el-Adhaa, Wash which covers sanitation, provision of potable water as well as provision of non-food items for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable people in the state.
Meanwhile, the ministry has also distributed food items to 200 widows and other poor households from 18 communities of Yandoton Daji Town of Tsafe Local Government Area.
Distributing the items, the Commissioner, Ahmad, said the gesture is to cushion the hardship being experienced by women, some of whom are widows.
She urged them to ensure the judicious utilization of the support given to them and warned them to avoid selling the items.
One of the beneficiaries, Malama Delu Abubakar, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, thanked the State Government for coming to their aid and pledged to use the food for the purpose it was given to them.