COVID-19 lockdown: FCT emergency agency assures equitable distribution of palliatives

April 25, 2020
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FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assured equitable distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to the vulnerable persons to cushion the impact of the lockdown in Abuja.

The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, gave the assurance during the handover of some grains by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) led by the Head of Abuja Operations, Mr. Bitrus Samuel, on Saturday in Abuja, NAN reports.

Idriss, who is also the Chairman, FCT Palliatives Committee on COVID-19, explained that the FCT COVID-19 Response Committee, headed by the Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, had put in place structures and procedures to ensure that all targeted vulnerable people receive the palliatives.

He promised to work with NEMA and other relevant stakeholders to ensure equitable distribution of the palliatives adding that the distribution was going to be done collectively.

He said that the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable persons as directed by the Federal Government was ongoing in all the six Area Councils of the FCT.

The D-G said that the distribution structures were laid out to monitor and ensure equitable distribution of the palliatives.

“We have a monitoring team drawn from different stakeholders and the Civil Society Groups down to the Ward level to ensure that no vulnerable member of the society is unattended to.

“There is an elaborate plan and structure put in place to guide the distribution of palliatives to the ward level,” he said.

The FEMA boss also said that the distribution would be carried out irrespective of tribe, religion, class, or political party.

He further noted that the palliatives programme was a community-owned and community-based programme for the people and would be distributed according to the numerical strength of each ward.

Idriss expressed happiness with NEMA’s rapid intervention to reach out to FCT residents in the trying period of the country.

He called on other organizations like NGO’s and well-meaning Nigerians to come up with programmes that would support the government’s efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in the FCT.

”There will be meetings upon meetings at every given time so we can review our work plans and appraise what we are doing,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that another 114 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing to 1,095 the number of confirmed cases in the country as of Friday night.

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