The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has denied allegations that COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution were hoarded.
Spokesperson of the forum, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo in a statement on Monday saidthe governors have held several meetings since the #EndSARS protests and have started to address concerns of members of the public.
“The NGF wishes to state categorically that no State has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives,” the governors said.
They said some of the properties stolen and vandalised, include palliatives set aside for vulnerable members of society.
The governors said they regretted the loss of lives and property occasioned by the violent protests that trailed the EndSARS movement, stressing that it was important for, “a lot of the information circulating on the social media to be fact-checked.”
“The NGF pleaded with members of the public to desist from spreading rumours which further creates panic and stampede.
The NGF added that some of the palliatives had the CACOVID stamp embossed on them, meaning that their source was unambiguous.
“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,” the statement added.
The NGF explained that some of the states that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19.
They said further that some states were still receiving palliatives from the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.