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We didn’t hoard palliatives – Nigerian Governors

Nigerian Governors have denied hoarding COVID-19 palliatives.

They made the denial in reaction to the looting of several warehouses nationwide.

Soon after the End SARS peaceful protests were hijacked, thousands of people in different states burgled storage facilities that housed tonnes of foodstuff.

Most of the items were donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
The body comprises business moguls and companies.

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, they contributed funds and used the same to procure palliatives to assist the federal and state government.

On Monday, the governors insisted that the items were not hidden as widely alleged.
Their position was contained in a statement by Abdulrazaq Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

Bello-Barkindo pleaded with members of the public to desist from spreading rumours.

He reiterated that palliatives found in warehouses broken into in Lagos and some other states were kept for members of the society especially vulnerable citizens.

“Until mid-October, when the NGF had its last meeting, up to ten States had not participated in the flag-off ceremonies for the distribution of palliatives in their States. This was because the items meant for distribution in these states had not been completely received from CACOVID.

“Some other States that still had palliatives in their warehouses chose to keep a strategic reserve ahead of a projected second wave of COVID-19. The NGF wishes to state categorically that no State has been involved in or has hoarded any palliatives.”
The NGF told contributors to the palliatives that prior to the looting, states had kept full accounts of all the items received and distributed.

The governor assured that they are doing their best under the circumstances to ameliorate the needs of the population.

Tagging #EndSARS protesters hooligans, hoodlums, thugs is very bad for our national image – Patrick Eholor

Human rights activist, Patriot Patrick Eholor says tagging Protesters in the recent #EndSARS crisis , with negative names such as hoodlums, hooligans, thugs, looters will not drive the process for change especially the much needed positive image for Nigerians abroad.

The human rights activist also known as Observer General of Nigerian Politics spoke in an interview with journalists in Benin.

He said “you cannot call your citizens hoodlums. You cannot call your citizens hooligans. If we arrive at the shores of the other countries, they will look at us as hooligans and thugs! Who can be more hooligan than members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW? Who can be more hooligan than those who collect all sorts of illegal revenues from commercial drivers, wear agbada in the day and campaign for votes for politicians?

“We must have to rephrase these words because they have been trending, going viral, with the public chanting ‘hoodlums, hoodlums! , in the media”.

The activist said people are hungry: “There is hunger in he land, and a hungry man is an angry man. How can you store these palliatives without sharing them to us? The Government has been lying to us”.

He however clarified that he was not out to incite anybody, or to encourage the youths to go on looting spree as it is very wrong: “I condemn it in totality, but the truth be told that it is more wrong of the Government to have kept such huge amount of food. It is not just Edo State but almost across the entire Southern Nigeria, parts of the North and Middle Belt” .

Two killed, others injured in Enugu over COVID-19 palliatives rush

Two persons were reportedly shot to death in Enugu metropolis by military personnel yesterday. The two were among a crowd of people who had rushed off to Queens Secondary School, where Covid-19 palliatives were alleged to have been stored.

According to eye witness reports, some trucks had been sent to the palliatives warehouse in the school late on Friday night to move out the palliatives to another location, but they could not complete the mission before daylight. Crowds had trooped out to help themselves out with the loot, but stern, gun-toting soldiers warned them to stay away.

However, some dare-devil youths had approached the soldiers who shot and killed one on the spot.

“The bullet went straight into his chest and he died there. They took away his body”, a witness told Jungle Journalist Media Limited.

The witness said the other casualty was a student of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), who sold petroleum products around the school. He was hit by a stray bullet near the neck and he ran into a compound, where he later died.

Other information revealed that a number of people were also hit by stray bullets which injured them. At least, three such cases were reported by residents of the city.

A youth leader in the city who didn’t give his name argued that there were no palliatives in the school. He stated that the palliatives had been distributed since August “The distribution started from 10th to 15th August, 2020. Five days constant carrying from all the LGAs. Ordinarily, I would’ve kept quiet but the rumour is becoming something else and lives are been taking, due the quest of some searching for the palliatives where they can never find such”.

But Chinenye, another resident who was at Queens College argued “If there was no palliative at Queens College as they have argued, what were those trucks doing there? Because of the huge crowd, they could not drive out with the palliatives in the day time. I am sure they were waiting for night to come so they can move in the dead of the night to hide it again”, she said.

Five Feared Dead as Security Operatives Allegedly Shoot People After Discovering Bags Of Money In Edo Warehouse

Five persons have been reportedly shot dead in Benin, Edo State capital, when youths on Saturday evening attempted to force their way into the Edo Pharmaceutical Company where CA-COVID-19 palliatives are being reportedly kept.

The victims who were reportedly shot be security operatives were said to be breaking into the warehouse where they allegedly discovered a large sum of money kept in large bags.

Unconfirmed reports also had it that some others died from exhaustion resulting from heat in the warehouse and the ensuing stampede.

Recall that residents of the area had invaded the warehouse in the morning and looted the Covid-19 palliatives kept there by the state government.

The desperate mob had defied threat of military operatives who shot for about five minutes, to scare the rampaging mob.

For several hours, the residents carted home items like rice, beans, noodles, mattresses, empty gas cylinders and others.

No serious incident occurred in morning, except for two persons who were allegedly trampled on.

Trouble however started later in the afternoon, when some youths allegedly returned to the warehouse, and attempted to search a certain room the they did not look into in the morning.

One of the looters allegedly discovered that pile of money was kept in one of the rooms in the warehouse and screamed.

Angered by the action, the security operatives allegedly shot at the ramoaging mob.

In the process, three persons were allegedly hit and died around the warehouse, while two women were said to have died from stray bullets far away from the warehouse.

A resident of the area who gave his name simply as David, said the entire area looks like a war-ravaged community.

David whose house is directly opposite the warehouse, said he went out after the morning episode, only to be called home that there was another looting going on.

He said: “As at 6pm, the warehouse vicinity had turned to a war zone, as a combined team of army and police operatives chase about and shot at the youths who run about in various directions.”

As at the time of filing this report (8.00pm), the entire Medical Stores Road and adjoining streets have been deserted, while the brave ones lock themselves in their rooms.

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40th Birthday: Alex Ikwechegh Embarks on 3days Back to Back Palliative Fiesta

He has consistently shown decorum, class and humanitarian disposition, though he has not held any political position since leaving office 10 years ago as the youngest elected Local Government Chairman in Nigeria at 27.

To commemorate his birthday he has opted to share palliatives to the people from his personal accruals. The palliatives will run from 24th of August to 26th as follows:

On the 24th August, palliatives will be disbursed from
a. Saint Peter’s Anglican Church Aba,
b. Akoli Road Primary School Aba
c. Ogbor Hill Primary School Aba
d. Boys Technical School Osusu Aba
e. Saint Peters Catholic Church Omuma Road Aba.
f. Igbere Secondary school, Bende,
By 2pm prompt.

While on the 25th of August, by 10 am, Kerosene will be disbursed at
1. Elveris Oil Ohanku and Elveris oil Obohie.
2. Fred Ikye oil Uratta Road Aba.
3. Cozanic oil Ama Ogbonna Aba
4. Forte Oil Igbere Bende.

And on that 26th of August, Cash gifts will be proffered to widows, and the disadvantaged in society. This will happen from 2.00 pm prompt from Okigwe Road Primary School Aba.

THE INSPIRATION

As one of the notable young leaders that have emerged in Abia and Nigeria as a whole Chief Alex Ikwechegh has shown what leadership should be; he has supported both citizens and leaders of Aba North and Abia State as a whole, he has given benevolently to the disadvantaged consistently, and has shown that the Youths are the future of Nigeria with positive governance initiatives. As such, we call on all youth full leaders of Abia State in particular to emulate these positive leadership examples and ensure we self guard the future of our State. The only way to achieve that is by consistently focusing on citizens and our upgrades no matter whose ox is gored.

COVID-19: MORE ABIANS GET PALLIATIVES AS PROF IBE CONTINUES PALLIATIVES SPREE (PHOTOS)

Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation(PGIF) has successfully concluded another round of the second phase of palliative distribution exercise.

The one-week distribution exercise was flagged off on Monday, July 13, 2020 by the Chancellor and Founder of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe, who was represented by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Augustine Uwakwe.

The one-week distribution exercise was flagged off on Monday, July 13, 2020 by the Chancellor and Founder of Gregory University Uturu, Prof Gregory Ibe, who was represented by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Augustine Uwakwe.

Delivering an opening speech during the ceremony, the chairman of Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation(PGIF), Hon. Prince Emeka Okafor, stated that the palliative distribution is targeted at the less privileged members of the society.
He therefore charged representatives of the Local Government Councils and other invited organisations to ensure effective transmission of the palliatives to the needy members of the groups they represent irrespective of their social, religious, tribal or political leanings.

He retariated that as a non-partisan organisation, Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation was established “to cater for the well-being of all members of the society without recourse to their political or tribal affiliations”, emphasising that their interventions are usually targeted at improving the lives of the less privileged members of the society.

He therefore charged representatives of the Local Government Councils and other invited organisations to ensure effective transmission of the palliatives to the needy members of the groups they represent irrespective of their social, religious, tribal or political leanings.

He retariated that as a non-partisan organisation, Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation was established “to cater for the well-being of all members of the society without recourse to their political or tribal affiliations”, emphasising that their interventions are usually targeted at improving the lives of the less privileged members of the society.

The Coordinator of the PGIF second phase palliative distribution exercise, Surveyor Eze Ibe Aja stated that Prof Gregory Ibe initiated the second phase of the palliative distribution exercise due to the lingering effects of the pandemic, arising from his concern for the well-being of the poor masses in the face of the hardship caused by the global scourge. He therefore enjoined LGA Ambassadors of Abia Crusaders, Council Ward representatives, Leaders and other group representatives to “distribute the items judiciously and equitably, no matter the quantity, ensuring that each needy Abian receives something”.

Representatives of Abia chapters of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) , Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OMPAN),and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) were joined by ward leaders from Umunneochi and Isuikwuato Local Government Councils in witnessing and partaking in the formal flag-off ceremony.
Sequel to the official flag-off, the palliative materials were subsequently taken to the people at their different wards through various Local Government Councils.

This exercise was done through the despatch of delegations of Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation to different Local Government Councils, on scheduled days to interact with the ward residents.

Thus deploying members of Abia Crusaders Organisation, the local arm of Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation, the palliative materials made up of bags of rice, beans, garri, salt, cartons of noodles and tubers of yam were distributed to residents of the 184 wards in the state.

This exercise was done through the despatch of delegations of Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation to different Local Government Councils, on scheduled days to interact with the ward residents.Thus deploying members of Abia Crusaders Organisation, the local arm of Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation, the palliative materials made up of bags of rice, beans, garri, salt, cartons of noodles and tubers of yam were distributed to residents of the 184 wards in the state.

Welcoming the delegation to Ugwunabor Local Government Council, the Transition Committee Chairman, Hon. Peter Aguwamba, thanked Prof. Gregory Ibe for the kind gesture.
He applauded him for having the welfare of the less privileged members of Abia society at heart which led him to undertake a second phase of palliative distribution after executing a resounding first phase. In his own remarks, the Chairman of Ugwunabor Stakeholders Forum, Hon. Chinwe Nwanganga, thanked Prof Ibe for remembering Ugwunabor people in particular and the entire citizens of Abia State at large with his ” charity and peculiar act of benevolence”.

He reassured the team that the items received will subsequently be delivered to the targeted indigent members of the Local Government Council, who according to him, need it the most.

He applauded him for having the welfare of the less privileged members of Abia society at heart which led him to undertake a second phase of palliative distribution after executing a resounding first phase. In his own remarks, the Chairman of Ugwunabor Stakeholders Forum, Hon. Chinwe Nwanganga, thanked Prof Ibe for remembering Ugwunabor people in particular and the entire citizens of Abia State at large with his ” charity and peculiar act of benevolence”.

He reassured the team that the items received will subsequently be delivered to the targeted indigent members of the Local Government Council, who according to him, need it the most.

Receiving the team in Ukwa West,the PGIF Ambassador for Ukwa West Local Government Area, Hon. Uche Enyioko, stated that Abia State is blessed to have a son like Prof. Gregory Ibe, who is “constantly touched by the plight of the needy” , and thanked the Chancellor for initiating what he termed as “Kitchen Palliative.”

Hon Enyioko further stated that representatives of the ten wards that make up the local government council were present to receive the items on behalf of the indigenes of the LGA.
Hon Enyioko further stated that representatives of the ten wards that make up the local government council were present to receive the items on behalf of the indigenes of the LGA.

At Umuahia South LGA,the PGIF delegation was received by a representative of Abia Crusaders in the area, Chief Ambrose Emezue. Speaking after receiving the palliative materials, Chief Emezue described Prof Ibe as “too benevolent and filled with a large tank of overflowing milk of kindness”. He lauded the initiative of the second phase of palliative distribution as a follow up to the largely successful premiere edition.

Correspondents report that apart from Umunneochi and Isuikwuato Local Government Councils who had the fortune of receiving their palliatives during the flag off ceremony, the remaining 15 LGAs were served their quota at their bases, as delegations of the Prof Gregory Ibe Foundation came calling, while arrangements are being concluded to extend the exercise to churches, markets and charity homes in Abia state.

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Covid-19: Abia Govt distribute palliatives to stranded students

Students of tertiary institutions in Abia State who could not travel before the ongoing COVID-19 necessitated lockdown in the state have received palliative items from the State Government through its inter ministerial committee on COVID-19.

The items which included rice, yam, noodles, hand sanitizers and cash for conveying the items back to their respective institutions, were handed over to them by the Chairman of the inter ministerial committee on COVID-19, Barr Chris Ezem, through Presidents of the respective Students Unions, at Government House, Umuahia.

Speaking during the presentation, Barr Ezem emphasized that the items were only for those who could not travel home before the lockdown and ban on inter state movements. He urged them to ensure they remain safe wherever they are by observing all the guidelines issued by the committee and NCDC on social distancing, wearing of face masks and regular hand washing with soap under running water. He further appealed to the students to eschew anti-social behaviors such as cultism, rape, exam malpractices, and promised that more items would be made available to them in due course.

He charged the students to join Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in the campaign against the spread of COVID-19 in the state and stressed the need for them to stay at home emphasizIng that Government would not want any of her students in the State to be infected hence the continuing closure of schools in the state.

Responding, the Students Union Government President of Abia State University, Uturu, Comrade John Nwakanma, and his counterpart from Abia State Polytechnic, Comrade Onyema Chiadikaobi, lauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for giving palliatives to all segments of people in the society and extending same to stranded students in the State. They promised to share the paliatives as directed and assured that the students in Abia State would continue to support the present administration to ensure that the State maintains the lead in the comity of States.

The institutions that benefitted from the palliatives include: Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State College of Health Sciences and Management Technology, Aba, Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu, School of Nursing in Aba, Amachara and FMC Umuahia, respectively, School of Midwifery, Aba, FMC and Abiriba, respectively, Abia State Universty, Uturu and Michael Okpara University, Umudike

No cause for alarm over rising cases of Covid-19 in Edo – Mrs. Obaseki

Wife of Edo state Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki has allayed fears over the rising number of cases Coronavirus disease in the state.

Mrs. Obaseki who assured that there is no cause for alarm, attributed the increase to effective screening and testing embarked upon by the state government.

She made the clarification on Thursday in Benin, while presenting the fifth tranche of relief materials to some vulnerable persons, to cushion the biting effect of the partial lockdown imposed to check the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Items distributed include face masks, hand washing buckets, bags of rice, beans, garri, onion and cartons of noodles.

Mrs. Obaseki who noted that testing was very difficult initially, explained that the state government has acquired testing machines, set up additional testing centres.

She disclosed that Edo now has PCR machines for testing, more than any other state in the country, apart from Lagos state.

With the huge number of testing going on, expectedly, the numbers will keep rising, not because Edo is not managing the situation well. But, on the contrary, it is a sign that they are fishing out those who are positive and some of who are asymptomatic, so that they can be treated.

“It is expected that after a while, the number of cases will reduce until the Covid-19 virus is eradicated.

“The only way to avoid being infected and increasing the number unduly is to adhere to the rules,” she said.

Meanwhile, the state branch of Christian Women Fellowship International (CWFI), has donated some vital items to support the relief effort of the state government.

Spokesperson of the CWFI, Mrs. Faustina Idu, said the donation was part of their mandate to provide care for women and children living in harsh conditions and also promote a healthy and safe environment for them.

We have observed with great admiration, the effort of the Edo state government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki and the support of Mrs. Obaseki to curtail the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic,” Mrs. Idu said.

The items which was presented by Bishop of Church of God Mission International (CGMI), Arch Bishop Margaret Benson Idahosa, on behalf of the leaders of CWFI, include 500 bottles of hand sanitizer, 500 face masks, 500 bottles of liquid soap, 100 buckets.

In her response, Mrs. Obaseki noted that Arch Bishop Margaret Benson Idahosa has been a strong supporter of the government and an exemplary leader in the comity of Christians in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Nigerian Breweries Plc Donates N20M, other Relief Materials to Abia State Government

Nigerian Breweries Plc has made a donation of N20m (Twenty Million Naira Only) and other relief materials as support to the Abia State Government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation was received by the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman of the COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Committee, Bar. Chris Ezem, on behalf of the government.

Tunde Ejemode, leader of the Nigerian Breweries Plc team while making the presentation said the money and other relief materials which include personal protective equipment, face masks and sanitizers are to help frontline workers in the State in the discharge of their duties in the face of the pandemic ravaging the world.

He said having been in Abia since 1957, it is imperative for NB Plc to give back to the society especially in such a critical time as this and urged Abians to continue to abide by the COVID-19 rules as issued by NCDC and the state government especially as it concerns the wearing of face masks and frequent washing of hands with soap and running water or use of alcohol based sanitizers to clean the hands.

Barr. Chris Ezem who was visibly elated by the donations appreciated Nigerian Breweries Plc for their kind gesture, noting that the gesture would go a long way in supporting Government’s efforts at ensuring that the most vulnerable are taken care of especially at this time.

According to him “What you have done will enrich our basket in terms of provision of palliatives to people across the state. We will ensure that it is evenly distributed to those who need it”.

He thanked them for their sense of brotherhood in this precarious time and assured of state government’s continued efforts at ensuring that the people got the needed help at this time.

In the same vein, members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Abia State Chapter, has made a donation of some hand sanitizers to the COVID-19 team in the state. This is in a bid to contribute their own quota to bringing an end to the pandemic in Abia.

Chairman of the Association, Christopher Egwom while making the donation said they decided to produce the sanitizers as licensed to support the team that has been working tirelessly to help keep Abians safe from the virus. He revealed that they have also made donations to NDLEA, and the Correctional Services.

Receiving the sanitizers, the SSG said he was touched by their spirit to support and be part of the fight against the pandemic and challenged them to rise up to the responsibility of finding a vaccine that will fight the virus.

He called for an improved knowledge in the area of research and synergy with researchers at different levels, noting that until the vaccine is found, the society might remain locked.

The SSG however, expressed belief that Nigerian pharmacists have what it takes to find a solution to the pandemic. He said face masks will soon become a fashion trend and called on everyone to be an Ambassador against COVID-19 to save the society from imminent collapse.

Ikpeazu charges TC Chairmen to be transparent in distribution of palliatives

The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has enjoined T.C Chairmen of the 17 local govt areas in the state to be transparent in the distribution of palliatives given by govt to cushion the effect of hardship brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic to their people.

Dr. Ikpeazu who gave the injunction while handing over food items and personal protective items to the T.C Chairmen of 6 local Govt Areas in the state at the office of the wife of the Governor, Govt House, Umuahia as part of the ongoing Govt palliatives to communities in the local Govt Areas, said the gesture are geared towards alleviating the plight of the vulnerable groups and ensure that Abians do not die of hunger during this precarious moment.

The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu appealed to the Transition Committee Chairmen to ensure that they engage and carry along the Traditional Rulers, Civil Societies, President Generals, Women Organizations , NUJ and other Stakeholders in their various council areas to ensure transparency and accountability and warned that Govt will not tolerate anyone playing politics with the distribution of the palliatives.

He advised Abians to continue to abide by the rules and dictates of the experts, NCDC and Govt aimed at preventing the Corona Virus by observing basic hygienic practice of washing their hands with soap, applying sanitizers, wearing of face Masks among others and prayed that Abians will survive and tell the story of this trying period of the Corona Virus Pandemic.

Dr. Ikpeazu who used the forum to call for support from well meaning Abians to complement Government’s efforts, appreciated all the Health Workers ,front liners, state Inter ministerial Committee for the wonderful job they are doing and prayed for speedy recovery of the index cases so far recorded in the state.

Also Speaking the SSG and Chairman Abia State Inter Ministerial Committee, Mr. Chris Ezem noted that the state Governor is doing everything possible to keep Abia safe in this period of pandemic and urged Abia residents to be guided in their movements as any one flauting the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu would be tried by the state Mobile Court.

Responding, the T.C Chairmen of Ukwa West LGA, Chief Sylvanus Nwaji and his Ikwuano Counterpart, Chief Stanley Ojigbo thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his proactive measures in combating the Covid- 19 pandemic and assured that they will apply full transparency in the distribution of the items across party lines as well as ensure that people at their local Govt areas comply with Govt’s directives on the lockdown and safety measures.

The six local government areas of Ukwa west, Ugwunagbo, Ikwuano, Ohafia, Isiala Ngwa North and Umunneochi were presented with 100 bags of 50kg Rice, 3 bags of Beans , 1,400 face Masks,12 Cartons of hand sanitizers and 80 Cartons of Indomie respectively.