Governors have started distribution of palliatives before nationwide looting, CACOVID says

Governors have started distribution of palliatives before nationwide looting, CACOVID says

- CACOVID, the private sector-led coalition against COVID-19 in Nigeria has explained why there is a delay in the distribution of palliatives

- The coalition said the distribution to states took time due to the large volume of the items

- CACOVID, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to stop the looting of the palliatives and allow the state governments to distribute efficiently to the intended beneficiaries

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Amid the nationwide looting of COVID-19 palliatives, the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID (CACOVID) which donated the food items has issued a statement on the alleged delay in distribution.

In the wake of the discovery of the palliatives in several warehouses, many Nigerians have been accusing state governors and other politicians of hoarding the food items.

CACOVID has, however, explained the reason behind the delay in distributing the items to the intended beneficiaries.

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Governors have started distribution of palliatives before nationwide looting, CACOVID says
CACOVID says governors have started distribution of palliatives before nationwide looting. Photo credit: Yabgi Mohammed/BBC
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According to the coalition, most of the looted palliatives in warehouses across the nation were awaiting distribution to over 2 million vulnerable households, The Nation reported.

CACOVID explained that the sheer scale of the nationwide food programme and the timing of the orders and deliveries compelled it to roll out distribution in a staggered manner, hence the delay in distribution by state governors.

CACOVID, however, said a sizable portion of the items had been delivered as of October 2020 but yet to be completely distributed by all the governors.

CACOVID reiterated that some states have completed their distribution while others were in the process of proceeding with the distribution when the massive looting started.

For the sake of transparency and accountability, CACOVID said it will provide the full delivery schedule and flag-off dates by each state.

Apart from appointing an independent team to monitor the distribution of the palliative, CACOVID added that it has engaged the service of an auditing firm to audit the whole process.

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The coalition appealed for calm, and for states to be allowed to proceed with their palliatives distribution peacefully.

It also urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and to end the raiding of the warehouses.

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Similarly, Nigerian governors under the aegis 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 Bello-Barkindo, described the claim as not only erroneous but also mischievous.

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In another report, Nigerians on social media are reacting to the discovery of COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses in some states across the country.

Many are of the opinion that the development has validated the claim by humanitarian affairs minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, that she distributed palliatives across Nigeria.

Nigerians had earlier accused the minister of lying, saying they did not receive any palliative.

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