…Orders Government to investigate perpetrators of hoarded Palliatives
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has demanded the immediate release of all COVID-19 palliatives and relief welfare materials and provisions stored in warehouses across Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba and made available to journalists, the organized labour says, it has
followed with keen concern the unfolding incidents across the country of mass storming and looting of relief welfare materials and provisions stored away in different warehouses.
The statement stated that these relief palliatives and provisions are believed to have been procured by government to relieve citizens of the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown and the associated hardship.
It is obvious that the palliative provisions that were procured by government for immediate distribution to the mass of our people at their critical time of need and to assuage the hardship occasioned by the lockdown were hoarded and held back by some government officials. The reasons for this have not been made known to the public. We also understand that many of the palliative provisions are already getting rotten in the warehouses where they were stored.
The Statement further states that While NLC condemns the ensuing mass looting of both the Covid-19 palliatives and non-Covid-19 palliative materials, it equally deplore the conduct of some government officials who stored away relief materials that should have been distributed to the masses of our people at their very trying times of need.
The Nigeria Labour Congress calls on the Federal Government to investigate the conduct of those who hoarded the palliative provisions.
In order to forestall riotous plundering of the remaining relief palliatives, the Nigeria Labour Congress demands that the Federal Government should order the immediate release of all the welfare provisions and materials to citizens.
This directive should apply to state governments many of which are chiefly culprit in this regard. The statement finally states that Government officials cannot afford to create a scenario that precipitate mass unrests at this very delicate and fragile milieu in global history.