Palliative distribution: FG never asked governors to wait for approval – Officials

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020, Under: News

Palliative distribution: FG never asked governors to wait for approval – Officials

The governors of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territories Administration (FCTA) did not have time to ask to wait for any further guidance before distributing the palliatives given to them by the federal government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, according to credible sources. at the Daily Trust.

Since Wednesday last week, criminals from all states have been raiding stores and strategic reserves, looting food items and anything seen in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.

In addition to donations from the federal government, groups such as the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) and The Witty People also provided food and non-food items, although most of these donations were not distributed to the people who target.

However, matches have been looted in recent days, prompting some state governments to issue apologies for not promoting palliatives.

The President and the Federal Department of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Relief have remained deafening silence as to whether the “discovered” goods are actually held by state governments.

Individuals and groups have scolded the APC government, led by President Muhammadu Bukhari, over the past seven months for palliative measures against COVID-19 that were allegedly given to states.

Zahra Bukhari

But one of Bukhari’s daughters, Zahra, posted stories on Instagram on Sunday claiming that the discovery of palliative drugs for COVID-19, not common in warehouses across the country by young people, showed that the problem was not with her father. Nigeria.

He re-posted that the discovery showed that his father did make an effort to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Nigerians.

“Now that people have confirmed that Bukhari has spread enough palliatives throughout the country, it becomes clear that Bukhari is not our problem,” the message said.

Humanitarian Minister Sadia Umar Farouk was also summoned separately for allegedly pumping palliatives.

She is now considered a “kind of hero” as people give her credit on social media.

His ministry, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, said it was distributing various foodstuffs across the states for distribution to the most vulnerable, but the request was rejected by many, saying they did not benefit from the gesture.

Attempts to speak to the minister on Sunday were unsuccessful because his telephone line was not connected.

She hasn’t answered the text message yet either.

Defense States

However, in the wake of the destruction and thefts in shops and elsewhere, some state governments have issued statements stating that they cannot distribute the looted palliatives given to them because they were awaiting permission from Abuja.

In Osuna, for example, Secretary of the State Food and Rescue Committee on COVID-19 Bayo Jimo said on Friday that items looted from a warehouse in Ede city donated by CACOVID were not collected, but rather holding a flag. official distribution.

Plateau State Information Commissioner Dan Manjang also denied on Saturday that he kept palliatives looted by thugs and other citizens in various warehouses.

When contacted, Abdulrasak Bello-Barkindo, head of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Media Forum, promised to return to our correspondent.

A source from the NGF secretariat said that an official statement on the matter could be released shortly.

‘They have amassed supplies of help’

But credible sources in Abuja said it was within the jurisdiction of the state governments to distribute the palliatives given to them to target groups without any outside influence or direction.

One source close to the federal government, who does not want to be named, said: “We really do not want to pool problems with the states because this is a difficult time for everyone.

“But to be blunt, there has never been a time when the presidency or the Department of Humanitarian Affairs said that state governors should not distribute the palliatives given to them until a certain point,” he said. …

Another source said: “The activities were aimed at supporting the poor whose livelihoods were affected by the blockade, and therefore it cannot be argued that such donations should not be divided.

“I don’t think any government official, either in the presidency or anywhere else, will ask the governors not to spread such speeches.

“Of course, some of us know that, for example, Plateau State received a donation a few days ago, but some states received a donation several months ago,” he said.

“The directive was that states must immediately distribute the goods to the most vulnerable so as not to keep them for themselves,” said another source. “So, if some states keep food for so long; perhaps they have a different reason; I say that they have accumulated what they received, ”he added.

The Daily Trust reports that in some states, some residents received spaghetti or small amounts of rice in the name of fighting COVID-19 at the height of the quarantine.

Many Nigerians were shocked to see how many different foods, including rice, pasta, sugar, butter, half-life and other grains, were swept away from shops in some states.

In addition to shops where COVID-19 materials were stored, criminals, regardless of gender, religious or political beliefs, also destroy strategic facilities owned by state governments or their agencies.

In Plateau, Osuna, Lagos and Adamawa, criminals yesterday ransacked government stores, the homes of prominent politicians, traditional leaders, and distinguished personalities in search of COVID-19 products.

We’ve since marked the distribution as disabled – CACOVID employee

A member of the CACOVID steering committee, who opted for anonymity to avoid confrontation with state governors, told the Daily Trust that: “It is unfortunate that state governors deliberately channel public anger at corporate organizations. who volunteered these items to help them alleviate the suffering of the poor.

“The question we have to ask the governors is this: do they know that the media have reported differently about the suspension of distribution in their states? And after removing the flag?

The official said that scenes of invasion of warehouses in several states while viewed on television could jeopardize the commendable fight against COVID-19, as the masses were seen ignoring safety protocols as they carried away palliatives.

“How can we explain that the same articles that were also circulated in some of the most remote points of this country, such as Borno State, were circulated by the state while others were waiting?

“The next question for the media is to ask the states that distributed if they asked for another approval after the flag was removed.”

A member of the CACOVID committee said the donations were made in good faith, adding that “at CACOVID we have a very good governance structure and we have the likes of PriceWaterCoopers (PwC), a renowned auditing firm, as part of that process. to ensure monitoring and evaluation ”.

On August 6, CACOVID officially announced the end of the nationwide distribution of multibillion-dollar naira food palliatives and other aid items to mitigate the negative impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable Nigerians.

CACOVID Administrator and Director General of the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) Zuera Yusufu said in a statement in Lagos that the coalition divided the allocation across six geopolitical zones, and the allocation was reported simultaneously between states.

We’re Trying To Find Out What Happened – CBN

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it is looking into the non-proliferation of CACOVID palliatives.

Apex Bank took over the financial donations of philanthropists during the pandemic and quarantine.

Oshita Nwanisobi, CBN’s acting director of corporate affairs, said by phone, “We are trying to get information from the states to find out exactly what happened.

“CACOVID is a CBN initiative in partnership with the private sector. If you look at what happened, this is what has already been given to states to spread to the masses.

“We are still trying to get numbers. CACOVID also has its own media initiatives. This is not a CBN business. It is led by the private sector. But we are trying to get numbers, ”he said.

Bank’s first mom

Social media recently posted comments attributed to First Bank’s managing director / CEO, Dr. Sole Adeduntan, who allegedly stated on a closed WhatsApp group known as the Sigmites that palliative materials were only delivered in September and early October.

Sigmite is an acronym for members of the oldest socio-philanthropic student organization known as the Sigma Club, University of Ibadan.

First Bank made no counter-statement to counter the statement attributed to the CEO at the time of this report. Ismail Omamegbe, head of corporate responsibility and sustainability / media and external relations of the bank, has not yet answered a call from one of our reporters.

On October 3, CACOVID filed a petition with the Edo state government on charges of embezzling over 465 million AD palliative care products. one of the representatives of the State House.

The coalition said it sent out food palliatives to Edo State to provide 36,295 families, as in other states, for distribution, but was alarmed to see a state television legislator distributing food and claiming he bought it without resorting to CACOVID as a supplier.

The Daily Trust reports that on July 1, the Nasarawa state government distributed 38 trucks of palliative care to vulnerable people in the state. Zamfara did this on July 25; Ondo’s fortune reached its status on August 9, and Borno extended palliatives on September 23.