Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Ondo state government denies hoarding Covid-19 palliatives

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Ondo state government has debunked rumors doing the rounds that the state government hoarded CA COVID palliatives recently looted at the storehouse in Akure the state capital by residents.

The chairman, COVID 19 palliatives committee, Mr Akin Olotu during an assessment visit to the warehouses in Akure noted that government had distributed 95 percent of the palliative items to the Local Government Areas against the rumour in the social media that the palliative items were not distributed.

Orange FM’s Gbenga Oluwajana reports that during the Endsars protest which was hijacked by hoodlums warehouses that stored COVID 19 palliatives in some states were looted and food items carted away.

In Akure the Info state capital, the warehouse located beside the state high court and the one along Ondo road were not spared with some CA COVID palliative items carted away during the Endsars protest.

At the warehouse located beside state high court, the chairman, COVID 19 palliative committee, Mr Akin Olotu who clarified that what was remaining in the warehouse was mostly sugar explained that government had distributed almost all the items to the vulnerable in the 18 council areas.

Mr Olotu emphasized that already distributed food items include rice, gaari and vegetable oil putting to rest news doing the rounds that govt hid the palliative for its officials.

He further said the COVID 19 palliative committee had been engaging the CA COVID team on ways to ensure prompt and equitable distribution of the food palliative to the local govt areas immediately the items were received

Mr Olotu also debunked an online report that food palliative such as rice was also hidden at the warehouse along Ondo road noting that it was fertilizer meant for planting that was stored there.

He reiterated government’s commitment to the welfare of the people citing various achievements made in the distribution of the food palliative to various interest groups, artisans, market women, elderly and the vulnerable in the 18 council areas of Ondo state.