Looting: Free All COVID-19 Palliatives Now, NLC Tells Government
The Workers’ Congress of Nigeria has called on the federal and state governments to immediately release all COVID-19 palliatives that are still in warehouses across the country.
The union also condemned the massive looting of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 palliatives in the country.
The NLC requires immediate release of all COVID-19 palliative and supportive health supplies in a statement Monday.
The NLC, in a statement signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba, said the authorities’ distribution of palliative medicines would help alleviate the suffering of the people.
The statement read, in part: “It is clear that the palliative drugs that were purchased by the government for immediate distribution among the masses of our people at a critical moment of need and to alleviate the hardships caused by the blockade were accumulated and held by some governments. officials.
“The reasons for this were not disclosed. We also understand that many palliative medicines are already rotting in the warehouses where they were stored.
“While condemning the ensuing massive looting of Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 palliative materials, we also deplore the behavior of some government officials who have amassed stockpiles of relief materials that should have been distributed to the masses of our people during their difficult times. very difficult.
“We ask the federal government to investigate the behavior of those who have accumulated palliative funds.
To prevent a violent looting of the remaining relief palliatives, the Nigerian Labor Congress is calling on the federal government to order the immediate release of all supplies and relief supplies to citizens.
“As we have asked in the past, the distribution of palliative care must be transparent and inclusive, with the active participation of grassroots groups of citizens. “
PUNCH previously reported that thousands of looters over the weekend broke into several warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were stored, and food was taken away before security personnel arrived.
Aid items were mostly donated to the states by the Covid-19 Private Sector Coalition, also known as CACOVID.
However, the Governors’ Forum of Nigeria on Monday denied allegations that governors have stockpiled palliatives for distribution to Nigerians to ease their suffering during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: – Punch ng