By BEN NGWAKWE, North East Bureau Chief
Gombe State has received donation of two ambulances, food items and other materials worth millions of naira from the North East Development Commission (NEDC) as part of the Commission’s support to strengthen the fight against coronavirus as well as mitigate the hardship of the movement restriction in the State.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, who received the items on behalf of Governor Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya appreciated the Commission for the timely intervention and support at the critical moment.
The Governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing the North East Development Commission, pointing out that the State and the entire North East sub-region shall forever remain grateful to the Federal Government over the impact of the commission to the Zone.
He assured that the State Government would judiciously distribute, handle the donations and palliatives with equity and fairness.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya had on Saturday inaugurated a Committee under the Chairmanship of the Emir of Gombe, assuring them that the distribution would be carried out in a judicious manner.
The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, also expressed appreciation for the gesture of the President through the NEDC.
The Head of the NEDC delegation, Yerima Gishawu Gashua, the Director Audit in the Commission, delivered to the State Government, on behalf of the NEDC Chairman, Major-General Paul Tarfa ( Rtd), two ambulances, 3700 cartons of macaroni, 7900 (25kg) bags of rice, 2400(25. Kg) bags of maize flour, 3700 gallons of vegetable oil, 5600 cartons of tomatoes paste, 28000 packets of maggi cubes, 7000 packets of salt, and 1800 bags of 15kg beans respectively.
He said, already Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs, and some hospital consumables were delivered for use in hospitals in the State.