- Of all Nigerian states, only Rivers has not collected COVID-19 palliatives from the federal government
- This was revealed by the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development
- The minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, noted that the share of Rivers is still waiting for the state government for collection
The federal government on Tuesday, November 10, disclosed that only Rivers among all Nigerian states is yet to receive COVID-19 palliatives from the presidency.
This was specifically revealed by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, The Cable reports.
Farouq made this known while she addressed lawmakers in the National Assembly on budget performance.
She noted that the ministry distributed not less than 70,000 tons of grains from the national grain centre by President Muhammadu Buhari to all states, adding that the share of Rivers, though still not received, is waiting for collection. She said:
"It is only Rivers state that has not collected their own share. It is still there waiting for them.”
Added to this, the minister claimed that the ministry got foodstuff from the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to be sent to all 36 governors for distribution to vulnerable persons in their states.
“We distributed these palliatives to all the states. We have given out 70,000 tons of grains from the national grain centre by Mr. President."
She disclosed that in the FCT, the palliatives were handed over to the two ministers so they can distribute to those in need.
Farouq debunked claims that the ministry received financial grants and aids from organisations in and outside the country.
Meanwhile, residents of Plateau discovered a warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives were stored.
The warehouse which is located in the Bukuru community of Jos South local government area of the state was stormed by a staggering number of Jos residents. People were trooping in their numbers to cart away the COVID-19 palliatives.
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