The Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO, has commenced distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to its franchise area of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.
The palliatives, which include cash and food items, are being distributed through the state governments for onward presentation to the people, especially the vulnerable.
The Managing Director of KEDCO, Jamilu Gwamna said the gesture is part of its corporate social responsibility to cushion effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone and as such everyone needs to come together to fight it through giving while adhering to protective measures too.”
“Beginning with Kano, We are here to present to you our little contribution, I have here with me 1,500 10kg bags of rice, 1,500 5Ltr cans of cooking oil and we also have a draft cheque of N2 million.”
“Accordingly, Friday, we would be presenting same items to the Katsina State Government, while Jigawa package is to follow immediately after the Sallah celebration,” Gwamna said.
Gwamna also said that in order to ease the effects of the stay at home order on residents, KEDCO has increased the hours of minimum electricity supply from 16 to 18 hours.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje commended KEDCO and promised that the distribution will reach those it is meant for.
“We have to thank KEDCO which is our own company, for not only providing these palliatives for onward distribution to the poorest of the poor, but also for providing regular power supply to our people at this period of lockdown, even without laying emphasis on collection of bills,” Ganduje said.
He gave assurances of equitable distribution of the items to the poor as the structure involves district heads, the village heads, ward heads and the Imams for easy identification as well as households identified through polling units.