COVID-19: FCTA distributes second phase of palliative items



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has started distributing palliative items to 62 political wards in Abuja to cushion the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19.

The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, who launched the second phase of the distribution on Tuesday in Abuja, urged members of the palliative distribution committee to handle the exercise with utmost transparency and accountability.

Aliyu warned that posterity would judge them if they fail to be just and fair in the distribution of the items to vulnerable members of the communities.

Aliyu, who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, said that the FCT Administration had approved 30,000 bags of 5kg rice and other food condiments for Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali area councils of the territory.

She disclosed that 36,000 bags of 5kg rice and food condiments had also been approved for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

She said “it is our expectation that the committee at the ward level will act to ensure only deserving beneficiaries are served and properly enumerated.

“Committees shall be given forms to fill-out in continuation of this tradition of accountability.

“May I reiterate for emphasis, that I demand from the committees, utmost transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties.

“As I have said during the launch of the first phase of this exercise, posterity will judge us if we fail to be just and fair in the distribution of palliative items to vulnerable members of our communities, irespective of tribe or religion.

“Every committee member represents her or his ward here and must know that she or he is the eye of the people, therefore, you must stand for your people and make sure that they are served. If you compromise, posterity will judge you.

“The items are from the Federal Capital Territory Administration, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, to be distributed to the poor to cushion the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The minister commended critical stakeholders, especially the media, dedicated team of staff and volunteers “for their support and contributions”, describing their contributions as purposeful partnership.

She said the organisations identified by the FCT Administration to carry out the last phase of the palliative distribution include the Buhari Grassroots Movement and Osinbajo (BGM&O); National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) and Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation.

Others are District Heads at Ward level; and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Mr Ochigbo Edwin, the Commander, Command and Control of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) COVID-19 Monitoring, said that the bureau would not accept any excuse for failure.

Edwin noted that the FCT had set a pace for other states to follow in previous exercises.

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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