Governors Explain Why Palliatives Were Found In Warehouses

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Crowd looting Palliative in Jos, Plateau State
Governors Explain Why Palliatives Were Found In Warehouses - Vantage News Nigeria
Crowd looting Palliative in Jos, Plateau State

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), has denied allegations that governors selfishly hoarded palliatives meant to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes after some warehouses full of COVID-19 palliatives were busted and looted by hoodlums in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

In a statement signed by the Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, Abudulrazaque Bello-Barkindo in Abuja on Monday, and titled, ‘Governors and the CACOVID palliatives’, the governors stated that some of the items looted were meant for the vulnerable in the society.

Bello-Barkindo explained that the erroneous impression in the public domain that the palliatives were hoarded is not just inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous.

He added that some of the palliatives had the CACOVID stamp embossed on them, meaning that their source is unambiguous.

“The NGF regrets the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that erupted, and calls for calm.

“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 vandalised, include palliatives set aside for vulnerable members of society.

“The NGF re-emphasises 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.

“The erroneous impression in the public domain that these palliatives were hoarded is not just inaccurate, entirely erroneous and untrue but also mischievous, to say the least.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, some of the palliatives had the CACOVID stamp embossed on them, meaning that their source is unambiguous.

“As we know, CACOVID operations are mainly domiciled in Lagos, being the headquarters of most of the public-spirited organisations, corporate bodies and individuals that came together to form the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

“Until mid-October, when the NGF had its last meeting, up to 10 states had not participated in the flag-off ceremonies for the distribution of palliatives in their states. This was because the items meant for distribution in these states had not been completely received from CACOVID,” the statement read in parts.

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