The Nigerian Governors’ Forum today denied allegations that governors hoarded palliatives intended for distribution to Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic process.
After the #EndSARS street protests began to resolve the grievances of members of the public, the forum said governors had held numerous meetings and that they acknowledged demands for justice and an end to police violence, adding that judicial review committees have now been set up to address such cases.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Head, Media and Public Relations of the NGF, Abudulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, titled,’ Governors and the CACOVID Palliatives.’
“The NGF regrets the loss of lives and property caused 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.”The statement read in part.
In order to prevent doubt, further said that some of the palliatives had a CACOVID stamp on them, which indicates 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 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.
He said other palliative states in their warehouses have chosen to hold a strategic reserve ahead of the COVID-19 expected second wave.
“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.”
The NGF announced that no state has been involved in any palliatives or has hoarded them.