Looted COVID-19 Palliatives Stored Ahead Of COVID-19 Second Phase, Says NGF
The Nigerian Governors’ forum, NGF has said that the COVID-19 palliatives looted by hoodlums in different states of the federation were “reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19”.
Recall that since last week, some angry mobs have been breaking into warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives are stored.
In a statement released by the forum, the governors noted the impression that the state government hoarded this COVID-19 palliative was false.
According to them, the palliatives were kept in store for members of the society, especially the vulnerable citizens against a “projected second wave of COVID-19”.
It noted that the palliatives were donated by CA-COVID a public organization formed by concerned individuals to assist vulnerable citizens during the pandemic.
The statement also noted that some states were unable to distribute the palliatives because it has not received the complete item from CA-COVID before the flag-off of distribution.
BELOW IS THE STATEMENT BY THE NGF:
“The NGF regrets the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that erupted and calls for calm.
“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.
“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 organizations, 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 ten 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.
“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.
“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.