Minority caucus seeks even disbursement of palliatives


From Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja

The Minority caucus in the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to adopt an even disbursement of palliative funds and other essential materials to all states of the federation, to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

The opposition lawmakers, in a statement yesterday by the Minority Leader, Ndidi Elumelu, warned that “the current selective approach adopted by the Federal Government in allotting aids to states is unacceptable and counter-productive to the overall national efforts to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic and check its spread.”

The legislators further said:  “The selective approach is already sending wrong signals, fuelling avoidable divisiveness, allegations and counter-allegations of political and sectional marginalisation in the polity and such must be checked immediately.”

Elumelu urged the Federal Government to note that “Nigerians are united in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and anything that will divide them at this moment must be avoided.

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“The Federal Government should bear in mind that the social and economic challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic cut across all the states of the federation. It affects all Nigerians because they operate under the same economy and lockdown directives.

“Therefore, the selective approach in sharing of aids and palliatives is not in the best interest of our nation. It will only send a very wrong signal and exacerbate the situation.

“What is expected at the moment is an even distribution of aids and palliatives to all states in a manner that extensively addresses the needs of the masses at this critical time.”

He, however, hailed the contributions of well-meaning citizens as well as the organised private sector in the national effort to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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