COVID-19: FCTA officials negating social distancing while distributing palliatives - Say No Campaign
- Officials of government have been asked to observe social distancing while distributing palliatives
- A group, Say No Campaign, lamented the officials are flouting the rules of social distancing while distributing palliatives for the needy
- Photos and video of the beneficiaries clustering around delivery trucks or distributing officials is a regular sight during distribution
A group, Say No Campaign, has lamented that officials of government are flouting the rules of social distancing while distributing palliatives for the needy.
The group specifically made reference to the distribution of palliatives in Kwali area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
On the distribution of the food items, Say No Campaign after monitoring the entire process reported that while most households were given an equal share of the palliative items, the married, aged and people living with disabilities were prioritized in the distribution process.
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“Reports we have gathered indicated that residents were largely satisfied with the items received as well as the modalities for sharing.
“However, as community members across the 10 wards were instructed to remain in their respective homes while the items will be delivered to them, there were reports of people gathering in clusters on the streets receiving these food items.
“One lingering challenge that has continued to mar the process of distribution from Abaji and now Kwali remains the disregard for social distancing. Both the distributors and beneficiaries of the relief materials, in some places, clustered to receive their items.
“There is a need, therefore, for the FCTA to consciously avoid the crowd and clumsy methods of distribution that encourage individuals clustering around delivery trucks or distributing officials,” a statement signed by the co-convener of the group, Ezenwa Nwagwu revealed.
The group urged the FCTA to coordinate and strategise with the chairmen of the area council and their ward councillors for a more effective house to house distribution.
“We urge the minister and her team to improve on the methods adopted in Kwali to ensure adequate compliance with the NCDC regulations in other to avoid facilitating the further spread of the coronavirus, thereby undermining the gains of the lockdown,” Nwagwu stated.
Recall that Say No Campaign had commended the distribution of palliatives in Abaji area council by the FCTA.
Due to the prevalence of corruption in the country, and especially among public officials, particularly in areas of diversion of funds and intervention packages, Say No Campaign has been monitored the distribution of palliative items earmarked for individual area councils.
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