Lockdown: Apply new strategy, technology in distribution of palliatives, Emejuru tells FG, state govts
- Former presidential candidate, Chris Emejuru, is not happy with the distribution process of palliatives nationwide
- Emejuru has called on government at all levels to employ a new strategy in reaching the vulnerable
-The U.S-based Nigerian lamented the fact that some of the palliatives so far shared did not get to those who deserve it
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Founder of Chris Emejuru Foundation and a United States of America based Nigerian, Chris Emejuru, has called on government at all levels to employ new strategy, especially technology in sharing of palliative measures to the real vulnerable Nigerians across the country.
Emejuru lamented the fact that some of the palliatives so far shared did not get to those who deserve it, hence the need to change the approach.
Speaking to journalists via a teleconference interview on Sunday, May 3, Emejuru stated that the right approach and logistics in achieving the purpose of reaching the poor were still lacking.
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His words: “I believe that they have been proactive in their response but they haven’t addressed the underlying issues.
“For example, funds have been created to provide palliatives for Nigerian citizens but logistics is the challenge. How do you get these food items to the most vulnerable? This requires a strategy and technological approach that is not currently present within the system.
“There is cash transfers that have been implemented but how does that deal with the overall issue of poverty? The lockdown is helping in stopping the spread of COVID-19, but then how do you deal with the issue of hunger, lack of money, leading to kidnapping, armed robbery and other security issues.
“There have been some approaches through the deployment of resources, but the overall strategy at the government level is lacking.”
Reacting to what he described as conspiracy theories concerning the coronavirus, Wuhan China and Bill Gates, Emejuru urged Nigerians to disregard some of the speculations.
While narrating his personal experience about Bill Gates, Emejuru described the richest man in the world as a good man.
His words: “I first became an aspirant for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2017 in preparations for the 2019 general elections. I had created some awareness in the political space and gained some attention although limited.
“As I began to push my social media campaign, fighting for a better Nigeria, it was Bill Gates who messaged me, although indirectly, encouraging me never to give up and continue my move for the presidency.
“Although I withdrew my ambition for personal reasons, I will never forget his kindness and sincerity. He is a humanitarian. And as a humanitarian, you care about the welfare of everyone. That is something that should not be forgotten. That is Bill Gates.”
Speaking on his foundation (Chris Emejuru Foundation), Emejuru said “the goal was and still to alleviate poverty throughout the six geo-political zones of the country.
“This will be achieved through youth Empowerment in education and training, woman engagement and by delivering palliatives (Food items, sponsorships, etc) to those most vulnerable.
“Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic will allow for adjustment in the implementation of our operations but we are confident we will succeed in our goal of creating a better future for Nigerians.”
Recall that anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, recently complained about the distribution of palliatives in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory, 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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