Ogun State declares palliatives not meant for everybody, but only the vulnerable

The Ogun State government has reacted to defend itself from the accusation of ridiculous palliatives distribution in the state by saying that palliatives are not meant for everybody but for just the vulnerablesin each community.

Ogun State government has raised the alarm over the alleged ongoing attempt by opposition politicians to rubbish efforts by the state and the federal governments to provide relief to the vulnerable people to cushion the effects of the recent subsidy removal in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Ogun State government, Lekan Adeniran in a statement released to defend the statement government.

"The federal government was unambiguous in saying the palliative is not meant for everybody but for the most vulnerable people in the society ".

"The state government warned Nigerians to be wary of the antics of such politicians who have been going about to rubbish the palliative programmes put on place meant to cater for the poorest of the poor".

The Chief Press Secretary said this in reaction to the recent online videos which shows government giving people ridiculous quantity of rice as palliatives.

A truck full of hundreds of bags of rice from the Federal government to Ogun State government as its share of the palliatives

A particular one that went viral was that of a CDA chairman who made a video posted online of a 10k bag of rice given him by the Ogun State government for his community.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor said that it was the handiwork of the oppositions who are seeking to discredit the government of Governor Dapo Abiodun in the state.

"Some agents of the opposition have resorted to media blackmail to discredit the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun.

He described "The perpetrators of the media blackmail as fifth columnists, the statement noted that the federal government was unambiguous in saying the palliative is not meant for everybody but for the most vulnerable people in the society".

A picture of the palliatives sharing by the state government officials

The statement noted that "It smacks of bad blood and evil intentions for some fifth columnists to be spreading falsehoods targeted at discrediting the ongoing well coordinated distribution across the state".

According to the statement, "The government of Governor Abiodun has been severally lauded at home and abroad for the efficient and prudent manner the sharing of the palliatives has been handled".

"Let it be recalled that Governor Abiodun made it clear to everybody involved in sharing the palliatives that it must get to the intended beneficiaries.

"But in spite of the painstaking effort of the government in to ensure that the palliatives get to the right beneficiaries promptly, some people are unrelenting in their bids to tar the administration with negative brushes for reasons not beyond politics.

"This explains the case of the man in a recent video who claims to be a Community Development Association chairman somewhere in the state. Taking to social media and throwing cautions to the wind, he betrayed the posture of a man out to do mischief so as to score cheap political gains ," he said

The statement expressed surprise at the man's claim that the bag of rice he displayed was meant for his entire CDA.

"This man is aware that the bag of rice is meant for ONE vulnerable family in the community, and not for all the residents. It was sent to him as the chairman for onward transfer to a vulnerable widow in his community.

"But, instead of ensuring that it gets to the intended beneficiary, he chose to play politics with the palliative, exposing himself as the destructive opposition agent that he actually is.

"This man's expression of disappointment is against the federal government's clear instructions on the palliatives. He clearly got it wrong thinking that government was ready to provide enough bags of rice that would go round every family in his community. It is also obvious that he was out on a hatchet job.

"It has also been established by some members of his community that more bags of rice were sent to other beneficiaries in Shokeye community through other stakeholders. Sadly, the chose to play dirty politics on the social media for which his political party is known for.

"Need we tell him and his sponsors that they cannot secure the political victory they could not win at the polls and at the tribunal by telling lies and half truths on the social media as regards the well thought out palliative arrangement in the state," the statement added.

A CDA chairman in Obafemi Owode with the palliative of a 10 kg bag of rice allegedly given to him community

The statement recalled that another CDA boss in the same Obafemi Owode Local Governments, Mr. Timothy Agboola, who had made similar remarks later retracted all he said.

Mr. Agboola, it would be recalled later discovered that many bags of rice were shared in his community while the one given to him was meant for just one vulnerable family.

A rejoinder by the LGA said all groups were equally represented at the stakeholders meeting and committee set up by the government to monitor the distribution of the palliative across wards, villages, communities and town within the local government.

The groups includes, traditional rulers, Baales, religious body, Community Development Associations, youths, security agencies, market men and women and People Living with Disability.among others

Representativs of different categories of people taking picture with the palliatives at the back

"At no time or place has any community or group been given one 10kg bag of rice as their share of the relief materials as displayed by the CDA chairman.

"We called on the general public to disregard the content of the video and others in circulation. They are not the true reflection of the palliatives sharing mechanism". The statement concluded.

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