Following the looting of COVID-19 palliatives across the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked all state governments to immediately distribute the remaining items in their possession.
The demand was made in a statement signed by Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President on Monday.
In the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest, various public and private properties have been burnt and looted, while COVID-19 palliatives stored in warehouses in various states of the federation have been illegally taken.
While condemning the mass looting of both COVID-19 palliatives and non-COVID-19 items in the country, the NLC said the distribution of the palliatives by the state governments would help assuage the sufferings of the people.
The statement read: “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.
“While we condemn the ensuing mass looting of both the Covid-19 palliatives and non-Covid-19 palliative materials, we 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.
“We call 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.
“As we had demanded in the past, the distribution of the palliative provisions should be transparent, and inclusive with active participation of mass-based citizen groups.”
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, on Monday, denied allegations that governors hoarded palliatives meant for distribution to Nigerians in order to ameliorate their sufferings during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.