Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has stated that Rivers State is the only state to receive COVID-19 palliatives in the country to date.
This was announced by the Minister today, November 10, when speaking before a committee of the House of Representatives.
Sadiya, who denied collecting money from organizations as interference by COVID-19, said that the share of the COVID-19 palliatives by the state of Rivers is still waiting for them.
“We have distributed all the states with these palliatives. Mr. President, we gave out 70,000 tons of grains from the national grain center.
We were also given food by customs, and we distributed it across the federation’s 36 states, including FCT. These palliatives have been handed over to all state governors for further distribution to the poor and needy in their states.
In the FCT, we handed over palliatives for distribution to the needy to the two FCT ministers. It is only the condition of the Rivers that has not gathered their own share. There it is, only waiting for them.
Within or outside Nigeria, we have not earned a penny from any organization.
We function as appropriated (budgeted) only within the budgetary allocation. But during the pandemic, we got some relief items from some groups, such as food goods, drinks. We didn’t get any support from any quarters.