- State governors have denied reports that some of them hoarded COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses
- The governors spoke on the platform of the Nigerian Governors Forum on Monday, October 26
- The forum pointed out that such reports are false and also erroneous
Nigerian governors on the platform of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Monday, October 26, reacted to claims that some state governments hoarded COVID-19 palliatives from citizens during the nationwide lockdown.
The NGF denied the allegation that has already gone viral in the public domain, stating that since governors stand for justice and represent the interests of Nigerians in their states, none of them hoarded palliatives meant to cushion the effect of the virus.
The forum's head of media and public affairs, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, described the claim as not only erroneous but also mischievous.
The governors urged Nigerians to be sure of media reports before drawing conclusions, adding that they are doing their utmost to meet the needs of citizens.
They explained that while some states still had palliatives in storehouses in preparation for the projected second wave of the pandemic, others recently received aids from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Vanguard reports.
Part of the statement issued by the forum read:
“A lot of the information circulating the social media needs to be fact-checked. The NGF pleads with members of the public to desist from spreading rumours which further creates panic and stampede.
“For example, some of the properties stolen and vandalized, include palliatives set aside for vulnerable members of society.
“The NGF reemphasizes and corrects the impression that palliatives found in warehouses that were broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept in storage for members of the society especially our vulnerable citizens.
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“Some other states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19.
“Furthermore, as of a couple of weeks ago, some states were still receiving palliatives from the federal government through the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development."
Earlier, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) accused all 36 Nigerian governors of hoarding COVID-19 palliatives while citizens in their states were crying of hunger during and after the lockdown.
Following this allegation, SERAP sued the governors before the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
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