Governors deny charges they deliberately delayed the distribution of the items. They also explained why the foodstuffs remained stored until they were looted.
Nigeria’s 36 governors have denied hoarding the food items donated by the organised private sector to ease the economic hardship imposed on the poor by the COVID-19 lockdown.
A group of Nigerian businesspersons and corporate organizations, which calls itself Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), contributed billions of naira to help the country fight the rampaging coronavirus which has now killed 1,130 citizens and infected 61,992 others.
A part of the contribution was used to build medical facilities and procure equipment and drugs across the states and Abuja.
Another part was then earmarked for the provision of food items to the country’s poor and underprivileged to help lessen the economic suffering triggered by the pandemic.
The food items were delivered to state governments which held them in warehouses as it planned the logistics for their distribution.
Some of those warehouses have now been raided and looted in the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest called to push for an end to police brutality.
As hoodlums looted the warehouses across the country, some Nigerians accused the governors of hoarding the food items even as millions of citizens starved.
But in a statement sent to Premium times early Monday, the governors deny charges they deliberately delayed the distribution of the items. They also explained why the foodstuffs remained stored until they were looted.
The statement, titled “Governors and the CACOVID Palliatives” was signed by Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the head of the media and public affairs unit at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum