COVID-19: Those who need palliatives the most, are not getting it — Mustapha tells Minister

Nigerians have described the palliative and school feeding programs as 'scam'.

Friday, May 22, 2020

/ by National Pivot

The controversies surrounding the provision and distribution of palliatives by the Buhari administration, rages on as Nigerians who have lost hope in government's capacity to cushion the effects of covid-19 lockdown on the poor, now prefer to risk their lives to earn a living than stay home and wait for government in vain.

A similar concern that government's palliatives has failed to reach those who needed it the most, has been voiced by the Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha.

While commending government’s effort in the provision of palliatives, he however, said rural dwellers have been forgotten in the scheme of things, while others living in towns but are adversely affected by the lockdown, are also yet to be reached.

He therefore, called on the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, to extend palliatives to the rural dwellers particularly, across the Federal Capital Territory.

Alhaji Adamu, who was represented by the council’s Vice Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Kassim, made the call during the presentation of palliatives to Anawim Orphanage in the council on Thursday.

He said extending humanitarian assistance to remote villages across the FCT would help the vulnerable.

The minister, who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Services, Alhaji Musa Bungudu, said the palliatives comprised of bags of rice, palm oil, spaghetti and other condiments.

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