Politicians Behind Rumour Mills, Misconceptions About Our Relief Package - Abiodun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, April 5, 2020

Politicians Behind Rumour Mills, Misconceptions About Our Relief Package - Abiodun

... Says Ogun COVID  - 19 food relief meant for the poor, vulnerable only

        • Abiodun

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

Governor Dapo Abiodun - led Ogun State government on Sunday rued that traducers who play politics with everything under the sun, including with people's lives,  were misleading indigenes and residents with "misconceptions" about the palliative measures being put in place to cushion the effects of the lockdown over COVID - 19 pandemic.

The government noted that  the Social media have been replete with many videos and still images alleging that the package being shared to beneficiaries was one bag per street or CDA, describing it as "untrue and deliberately spread in a bad light."

It said the food relief package was meant for the poor and vulnerable people only.

Speaking through Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, the government in a release, explained that  the stimulus package for each of the targeted 500,000 households contains 5kg of Rice, 5kg of Beans, 5kg of Garri, Sachets of Tomato sauce, Sachets of Groundnut oil, Noodles and Pasta and Spices (Cubes & Others).

He said: "It has come to the notice of the Ogun State Government that the distribution of relief packages to households is being needlessly greeted with misconceptions and misgivings, especially by elements who play politics with almost everything, even with people's lives. 

"Doubtlessly, the sourcing and distribution of such unprecedented quantum of relief packages by our state couldn't have proceeded without initial logistical issues, there is however no doubting the fact that the Ogun State Government is determined to tower above all the attendant challenges. 

"The Social media have been awash with many videos and still images alleging that the package being distributed is one bag per street or CDA. This is untrue and deliberately spread in a bad light.

"In some of the locations where the alleged one bag per street sharing took place, Ogun State Government is yet to commence the distribution of these stimulus packages.

"Contrary to the rumour mills  and videos making rounds, as our distribution progresses this evening, we wish to reiterate that the under listed are the contents that comes with each package of the stimulus:
5kg of Rice
5kg of Beans 
5kg of Garri
Sachets of Tomato sauce 
Sachets of Groundnut oil
Noodles and Pasta 
Spices (Cubes & Others).

"The above items in a package are to be distributed to INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS (NOT STREET), and 100,000 of such households are to be covered in the first tranch of the targeted 500,000 households. 

"We however warn that any person in the relief distribution effort found wanting or corrupting the process, will be severely sanctioned. 

"We also implore all CDAs,  CDCs and other stakeholders to cooperate with government officials involved in this relief efforts. Not everybody will be reached. But the poor and the vulnerable are the priority in this circumstance. 

"While we recognize and appreciate the roles of individuals and private organisations and institutions in providing relief packages, we strongly charge that such must be done in an orderly manner that obeys the rules, especially concerning social distancing.

" Distribution of palliatives by private concerns should not in anyway compromise the health of the beneficiaries. And such should not be misconstrued as coming from the State Government. 

"Ogun State Government assures that it shall continue to place premium on the health, welfare and wellbeing of its residents, to ameliorate the present pains and sacrifices.Together we shall overcome this present pandemic."

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