The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), has denied hoarding palliatives that were designed for the people as to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governors who noted that no state has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives, described as erroneous, the impression in the public domain that the palliatives were hoarded following instructions by the state governors, adding that they stand for justice, improved governance and a progressive Nigeria.
A statement by the Head of Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Barkindo, described such stories as not just inaccurate, but entirely erroneous and untrue and also mischievous, meant to tarnish the image of the 36 state governors in the country.
The governors who called on members of the public to check their facts before drawing conclusions, stressed that they all recognize the need for improved governance.
The governors who noted that as Nigerians, ‘we must be careful not to damage ourselves by pushing the wrong narrative’, said that they are doing their very best under the circumstances to ameliorate the needs of the teeming population.
The statement read:
“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have since the EndSARS demonstrations started, held several meetings to address the underlying concerns and members have aligned themselves with the call for justice leading to the setting up of judicial panels in the states of the federation against police brutality.
The NGF regrets the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that erupted and calls for calm.
A lot of the information circulating the social media needs to be fact-checked. 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 vandalized include palliatives set aside for vulnerable members of society.
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 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.
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.
Furthermore, 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 wishes to state categorically that no state has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum stands for justice, improved governance and a progressive Nigeria.”