Deji Adebayo, Abuja
The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has cleared the air that there are no hoarded palliative items in various stores across the FCT as being rumoured.
However, She assured that items procured for flood victims are safe and secured where they are kept, as security agents are being deployed to guide strategic areas. This is due to a pandemonium that occurred on Saturday in Abuja where hoodlums tried to break and loot a warehouse where COVID-19 palliative items are kept.
Aliyu, also stated that the FCT Administration had in the past few months distributed all items procured and also distributed donated items to the Area Councils, Community Associations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Professional bodies/associations in the FCT, stressing the administration has continued to receive donations that are distributed on a continuous basis, very transparently.
This was contained in a statement issued by her Special Assistant, Media, Austin Elemue, the minister said that details of all distributions made are in the public domain, reaching more than a million households and individuals across the territory, the minister also stated that the administration ensured that CSOs and the ICPC participated in the distribution exercise to ensure transparency.
Aliyu revealed that warehouses are supposed to stock supplies for emergency response including the recurrence of COVID-19 emergency, warning that unsuspecting members of the public should therefore not be lured into criminality under the guise of ‘hoarded’ palliative food items in the territory