Alleged CACOVID Palliative Looting In Ogun, Attempt To Malign My Administration - Abiodun - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Monday, October 26, 2020

Alleged CACOVID Palliative Looting In Ogun, Attempt To Malign My Administration - Abiodun

ABEOKUTA - Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state has described the alleged rumour of looting of CACOVID palliatives in the state by youths as a misrepresentation of fact, orchestrated to malign his administration. 

The governor disclosed this on Monday evening while addressing journalists at his Oke-Mosan office. 

Abiodun maintained that, there was no report of looting at any of the warehouses in the state, saying the widespread rumour was a script designed by some group of people to rubbish his administration.

He said, there was no reason for the state government to stockpile the covid-19 palliatives having invested a whole sum amount of money to purchased the palliative. 

He explained that, the distribution of the palliative was designed by private investors who donated the food commodities to the state government in such a way that all stakeholders including community leaders to supervise the distribution. 

He said, the state government received the September palliatives late from the federal government and was immediately distributed across the 20 local government areas of the, saying the EndSARS protest prevented some local governments from distributing the food items to the vulnerable.

"Nothing can be farther from the truth. It was a narrative by a few individuals to deliberately malign government of different state. We invested a whole lot in palliative, the organized private sector decided to suport government in palliative and they decided to launch those commodities in a warehouse all allow all stakeholders to witness the distribution of the food items. 

"The ongoing rumour was a misrepretation of the truth. Nothing would have warranted us from stockpiling the CACOVID. The CACOVID was designed in a manner to distribute by the private donors, but the EndSARS protest put it on hold. No warehouses was looted in Ogun state,  at least, 19 out of the 20 LGs have received their palliatives.

"On the Ifo looting, I have not been able to substantiate the Ifo looting, we will try and confirm that, if it happened, it will be an isolated case anyway,  because Ifo local government got their palliatives two weeks ago."

The governor therefore, enjoined residents of the state to make use of the free toll line 112 to report any suspicious activities, molestation or harassment by the hoodlums. 

He said the state would not allow anyone to truncate the peaceful atmosphere in the state. 

"However, we also owe all the other people of Ogun State the duty to protect their lives and property. We have a responsibility to protect those who are not part of the protest, who wish to go about their legitimate means of livelihood. 

"In this regard, we took some measures to stem the then emerging violent dimension and I am glad that those measures have helped to restore normalcy. However, we are not lowering our guards as there are still reports of isolated disturbance. But our security agencies are on top of the situation. I can assure you that there is no cause for alarm.

"Our combined teams of law enforcement agents have been put on the alert to protect public buildings and similar properties belonging to the government and other prominent facilities in all locations around Ogun State. Please call 112 to report any suspicious activities, molestation or harassment.

"We understand that many of our people are just coming out of the economic hardship as imposed by COVID-19. These are people whose economic activities have been affected by the lockdown and other difficult but necessary measures to combat and bring down the curve of COVID-19. 

"We are irrevocably committed to the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda. As a responsible Government, we will do everything possible to ensure that all the people of Ogun State have increased prosperity and place our dear State on a sure footing towards continued development. Therefore, we will not allow anyone or group to truncate the re-emerging peaceful atmosphere in our dear State."

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