Bassey Anthony, Uyo
The Congress of All Progressives in Akwa Ibom accused the state government of distributing Covid-19 palliatives as Christmas presents, describing the alleged action as an act of insolence.
The party claimed in a press release signed on Friday by its Secretary of State for Promotion, Nkereuwem Enyongekere, that Covid-19 food products were donated in July by a coalition of private sector players led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
The press release says in part: “Another madness of the administration at the end of the year is the decision to distribute, as Christmas presents, COVID-19 food trucks sent to the state by a state-led coalition of the state sector since July. donor.
”The view of these pieces of food being distributed in the village home of the governor’s chief of staff, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, to PDP members as Christmas presents, is bitter. How selfish, vicious and evil these people could have been had they been piling up these items since July, denying people the use of Akwa Ib during the lock and now turning to share it only with members of their party. That is the height of heartlessness.
“We also remember that the federal government sent a truck of rice to the state earlier this year. At that time, the governor claimed in a radio interview that the rice did not seem to be good for consumption and that he would send it for laboratory tests. Is the test result omitted? We are sure that the rice was secretly distributed to PDP members in the state. ”
But the state government in a press release signed by Information and Strategy Commissioner Comrade Iniobong Ememobong explained that palliative sharing has nothing to do with annual Christmas presents.
“Earlier in November this year, the state government announced the arrival of palliative material from the organization CACOVID (Coalition against COVID), which is a contribution to socially responsible behavior in the private sector in the fight against the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. It was also announced that when the full shipment from the donor berths in our country starts, the distribution will start.
“The structure for the distribution of these palliatives at the LGA level is very inclusive and has a representation of people living with disabilities, women, youth, religious organizations, professional bodies and opposition parties under the platform of the Inter-Party Advisory Board.
“This committee oversees the distribution of these palliatives to people who go through the distribution structure of the intermediary department. Distribution, which is largely decentralized under the COVID-19 protocols, has begun and continues.
“The focus of this series of palliative distribution, in addition to the LGA, is the media, orphanages, medical workers, security guards, traders, Labor, entertainers and students.
“This distribution of palliative is clearly different from the usual end-of-the-year donation of rice to good categories of people,” the government said.