COVID 19: Kuje discriminates against non-indigenes in the distribution of palliatives - Say No Campaign

COVID 19: Kuje discriminates against non-indigenes in the distribution of palliatives - Say No Campaign

- Anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, has picked holes in the distribution of palliatives in the Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja

- The group specifically noted that the process in the area has failed at ensuring equal distribution

- The Federal Capital Territory Authority had announced palliative items for 600,000 households across the six area councils of the FCT

Anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, has picked holes in the distribution of palliatives in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The group lamented that the process by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Authority failed at ensuring equal distribution, either in the number of items given to each household or in determining the beneficiaries of the palliatives.

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“Materials for each ward was handed over to their councillors who failed to communicate with community members on the modalities for sharing or when to begin actual distribution to members.

“After a long wait by community members in their houses and others in open fields, in some wards, the councillors and other distribution officials finally began sharing randomly reducing the content of the packages and prioritizing indigenes.

“Non-indigenes who are resident in Kuje were reportedly discriminated against. This was because according to the report we have gathered, the distribution officials realized the items were not sufficient for the entire households in their wards,” a statement by the group's co-convener, Samson Nwagwu, revealed.

Say No Campaign further questioned the credibility of the process of distribution, raising issues of transparency and accountability with the palliative items received.

“It has also been observed that the relief items were not distributed based on the beneficiary list earlier drafted, which was meant to document the most vulnerable in the community.

“This list was discarded, hence, indiscriminate sharing was carried out initially and later restricted to the indigenes.

“This is highly unacceptable and this method of discrimination should not be tolerated in any communities of the FCT or in Nigeria, especially at this time,” the statement further revealed.

The group called on the minister of state of the FCT, Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, to take extra care to ensure that palliative items are not politicized.

“Clear modalities for distribution should be forwarded and monitored to ensure due compliance in other to ensure equity and justice throughout the process of the distribution of the palliative items,” the group advised.

Say No Campaign had earlier commended the distribution of palliatives in Abaji area council by the FCTA.

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