ABUJA, Nigeria – Ramatu Aliyu, the FCT Minister of State, has assured residents of Abuja that palliative items in various warehouses across the city are safe and secured, as security agents have been deployed to guard them.
Aliyu disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr Austine Elemue, her Special Assistant on Media, in Abuja on Saturday.
In the past couple of months, Aliyu said the FCT Administration had distributed all items procured and those donated to the Area Councils, Civil society organizations (CSOs), Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Community Associations, and Professional bodies.
She stressed, however, that the administration has continued to receive more donations that are being distributed on a continuous basis and transparent manner.
Aliyu affirmed that details of such distributions are in the public domain, reaching more than a million households and individuals across the territory.
According to her, the administration ensured that the CSOs and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) participated in the distribution exercise to ensure transparency.
She said that warehouses are supposed to stock supplies for emergency response, including the recurrence of COVID-19 emergency.
The minister also warned that unsuspecting members of the public should therefore not be lured into criminality under the guise that there are ‘hoarded’ palliative food items in the territory.
NAN reports that the police, in the early hours of Saturday, foiled an attempt by some youths to raid the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s palliatives warehouse at the Centre for Arts and culture building, located at Area 10, in Garki, Abuja.