The Senator representing Delta-Central, DSP Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, approved the sum of Eighty-Five Million Naira (N85,000,000) palliatives to be disbursed to constituents in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Suffice to say, however, that in the last couple of days, we have been inundated with calls, text messages and we have seen several posts on the social media, some of which are tilted towards nothing other than pure mischief.
As a Committee, we wish to reiterate disbursement of the palliatives as follows:
2. The donation has no element of politics; we are not a sick and conscienceless people who’ll seek to score cheap political goals at a time as this when humanity is at war against nature and science.
3. The disbursement of the money is specifically to those who are mostly disadvantaged whenever Governments, corporate bodies or public-spirited individuals share whatever materials to people —these are the old/aged, physically challenged and vulnerable people in the society. Nobody hardly remembers them.
4. The majority of people in the category mentioned in (3) above reside in the rural areas, hence, more attention is given to people in the rural communities during this exercise.
5. The palliatives disbursement exercise is quite tedious and time consuming — because of the location and accessibility of these communities.
9. Following the gradual easing of the Lockdown in the State, some people have expressed fears/reservations, claiming that the exercise would be halted. That is not true. For the avoidance of doubts, the DSP has stated in clear terms that “Lockdown or no lockdown, every LGA must have their share of the palliatives”.
10. Contrary to social media posts by a few mischief makers whom we would try not to dignify, the Disbursement Team has never misled the public by posting “FAKE PICTURES” of areas not visited, claiming they were visited. Rather, we often miss mentioning some of the communities visited during our briefings. As requested, the DSP gets daily briefing of areas visited by the Team; such briefings include names of communities visited as well as videos and pictures of some of the recipients.
11. We cannot pretend not to know the extent of poverty ravaging our people, especially those in the rural areas. The DSP alone cannot provide cash or palliatives sufficient [enough] to go round all those within the target group. Therefore, it is out of place to expect that every less-privileged or old people in every Ward/community must get the palliatives.
12. The Disbursement Team is set to move to another LGA on Monday, May 4, 2020. As a Team, we are encouraged by the show of understanding displayed and moral support by communities visited so far.
We are poised to carry out the DDP’s mandate; “go to their houses. Meet them at home.
Give them the palliatives”