CACOVID breaks the silence on plundered palliatives
After looting palliatives across the country, the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has responded.
The private sector has led a coalition against COVID-19 in a statement issued by its spokesman and interim director of corporate communications at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Oshita Nwanisobi, which says the looted palliatives are expected to spread.
CACOVID added that the breadth of distribution across the country and delivery times that coincided with the blockade necessitated a phased allocation, with states divided into three categories in order of delivery.
The declaration is read in full;
“Members of the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) want to call for calm amid the robberies of COVID-19 palliative drugs, destined for distribution to various government warehouses across the country.
“In recent months, the private sector, through CACOVID, has worked with all state governors, the PCT minister and the Nigerian Governors Forum to procure, deliver and distribute these foods to nearly 2 million most vulnerable families (plus 10 million Nigerians) in 774 local government districts in the country under private sector support for the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The sheer scale of this national food program and the timing of orders and deliveries, which coincided with the blockade and reduced travel across the country, prompted CACOVID to begin a phased distribution, with states in three places. phases to ensure orderly delivery to those in need.
“When CACOVID launched its palliative efforts in April 2020, we decided to buy food directly from producers to avoid price distortion in the market. The food set was designed to give each of the nearly 2 million vulnerable families: a 10 kg bag of rice, a 5 kg bag of harry / cornmeal / semolina, a carton of pasta, two boxes of spaghetti, 5 kg of sugar and 1 kg of salt.
“Unfortunately, the very large order size and production cycle required to meet demand caused delays in the rapid delivery of food to the United States; hence the subsequent delay in the delivery of palliative food by the state governors.
“For example, rice had to be ground, semolina and corn flour had to be processed, tagliatelle and pasta had to be produced, and sugar had to be refined. Therefore, the first deliveries could not begin until June. However, as of October 2020, a significant portion of the goods have been delivered but not yet distributed by the governors.
“While various states and FCTs began distributing food in early August 2020, some were unable to complete the distribution because they had not yet received full shipments of their assigned food. In the interests of transparency and accountability, CACOVID will provide a complete shipping schedule and closing dates for each state in due course.
“Prior to these events, CACOVID worked with states through the Forum of Governors of Nigeria to determine:
i) the number of households in the state;
ii) States and FCTs must ensure that food is stored safely and safely;
iii) composition of state and local government committees (including CSOs, faith-based organizations, ICA presidents, parish leaders, media representatives, security services, CACOVID representatives); is an
iv) clear distribution guidelines to ensure equitable distribution of food to those most in need.
“Because state and local governments oversee all aid efforts in their jurisdictions and know their citizens best, we have worked with every FCT governor and minister using a combination of our protocols, their structures and processes. To ensure that the products are delivered to the recipients, we have also appointed an independent monitoring team to ensure that the products are delivered to their intended destination.
“We know that the official flag and palliative transfer took place in 28 states and in the FCT, and the state governments distributed them at different rates. As of October 26, 2020, some states have confirmed the completion of their spread, while others were in the process of spreading before the looting took place. Due to these incidents of robbery, this meant that some of the designated beneficiaries were prevented from taking advantage of CACOVID’s good intentions.
“In line with our previous promise, KPMG Professional Services, our external auditors are on the verge of completing an audit of all contributions from our donors; as well as a list of all medical and food products purchased with these funds. We will share external audit reports of our spending, along with a full account of CACOvID activities, including scheduled delivery dates and closing dates for our donations to Nigerians.
“It is a real shame that various states, including states that have completed their land allocation, are being searched for their warehouses and other facilities. It should also be noted that not all palliative warehouses in Nigeria are associated with a CACOVID donation, as the states themselves, the federal government and other organizations have also donated.
“In light of these unpleasant developments, we would like to call for calm and allow states to continue distributing palliatives peacefully, although each state will undoubtedly keep its citizens informed about the distribution process in order to guarantee transparency, accountability and fairness. We urge everyone to respect the law, be the guardians of our brothers and sisters, and end the raids on these warehouses.
“The coalition rejects and calls on the public to ignore any unauthorized sources of information regarding the current problem. CACoVID confirms that this platform is the only one authorized to communicate on behalf of the group. “