Governors didn't hoard COVID-19 palliatives - NGF

The Nigeria Governors' Forum has denied allegations that the state governors hoarded palliatives meant to be distributed to citizens in order to reduce hunger and suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Emeh Joy

The Nigeria Governors' Forum has denied allegations that the state governors hoarded palliatives meant to be distributed to citizens in order to reduce hunger and suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was contained in a statement titled: "Governors and the CACOVID palliatives" and was signed by the Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, Abudulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in Abuja on Monday.

The 36 governors had held a series of meetings to address issues concerning the public since the onset of the #EndSARS protest, Bello-Barkindo explained.

He said the governors' attention was drawn to the calls for justice and to end police brutality while adding that different states had already set up judicial panels of enquiry to probe the excesses of the recently disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The statement read in part, "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 the 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 evidence 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", Bello-Barkindo further explained.

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