CACOVID Statement on Looting COVID-19 Palliatives
Members of the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) want to call for calm amid the robberies of COVID-19 palliative funds, destined for distribution to state government warehouses across the country.
The Coalition is deeply concerned about recent events and calls on those involved in the rampant destruction of public and private property to immediately abandon these raids in order to allow states to continue to peacefully and fairly distribute these palliative measures to those in greatest need. and more vulnerable in our society.
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 (over 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, forced CACOVID to begin phasing out, with states ranking first in three time 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 manufacturers 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, noodles and pasta had to be made, 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 several states and FCT have begun distributing food without notice since early August 2020, some have not been able to complete the distribution as they have 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 states and local governments oversee all relief efforts in their jurisdictions and know their citizens best, we have worked with every FCT governor and minister using a combination of our protocols and their existing structures and processes. so that the food reaches the intended beneficiaries. We have also appointed an independent tracking team to ensure that the goods are delivered as expected.
We know that the official de-flagging and delivery of palliatives has occurred in 28 states and PCT, and state governments have deployed them at varying rates. As of October 26, 2020, several states have confirmed the completion of their distribution.