- The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, Sadiya Farouq, has declared that FG shared 70,000 tonnes of foodstuff to state governors as COVID-19 palliatives
- Some hoodlums across the country had looted COVID-19 warehouses
- Farouq, however, said that the state governors were asked to distribute the food items when they received them
Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, has shed more light on the controversy surrounding the COVID-19 palliatives.
Daily Trust reports that she said that her ministry shared 70,000 tonnes of foodstuff to the 36 state governors during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking to BBC Hausa service on Tuesday, October 27, in Zamfara state, the minister said she also shared 145 trailers of rice to the states.
The minister said:
“For me I have done my job. We shared foodstuff to the state governors and it is not in the mid-night, everyone has seen it.
“About 70,000 tonnes of foodstuff was shared. The rice we get from custom was shared to the 36 states, only some grains that was shared to 24 states only."
Farouq also cleared the air on the reasons given by some state governors that they didn’t share the stuff in anticipation of the second phase of COVID-19.
“That is left for the governors to answer this question. I have shared the stuff and have the record with us and the truth has revealed itself."
The minister added that the ministry directed the governors to share the foodstuff from the days they were delivered to them during the lockdown period as being ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said plans were underway to look at the possibilities of giving another foodstuff to the states since hoodlums have taken away some of them.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government cleared the air on the hoarding of the palliative meant to cushion the effect of the highly-ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
It was reported that presidential sources maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari never told the 36 sates to await further directives before they could be distributing the COVID-19 palliative to the people.
Suspected hoodlums and hungry Nigerians under the guise of EndSARS protests have been breaking into stores and strategic reserves to loot food items and everything on sight.
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