The federal government says the COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a looted Lagos warehouse does not belong to the government.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development in a statement Thursday night, said the inscriptions seen on the back of the items indicated that they were donated by a coalition of some non-governmental organisations.
The statement signed by Nneka Anibeze; Special Assistant to the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, explained that the ministry was compelled to speak out with a view to clarifying issues following insinuations that the items were donated by the ministry.
It reads: “The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has been made aware of trending messages on and off social media alluding to the fact that Covid-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the ministry.
“This is nothing but a tissue of lies.
The photos and videos recorded at the warehouse show that the bags of rice and other items were clearly marked ‘Lagos State Government and Ca-Covid’.
“Ca-Covid is short for Coalition Against Covid-19, a private sector-led a task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control NCDC and the World Health Organization WHO with the sole aim of combating Covid-19 in Nigeria.
“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development did not procure, distribute or facilitate the distribution of palliatives under the Ca-Covid initiative
“The ministry, therefore, wishes to inform the general public that it has nothing to do with the items found in that Lagos warehouse.”
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