Following the issues arising from this coronavirus. Lockdowns and curfews, now everyone seems to be in a crazy state of mind as it’s very obvious that the Federal Government was and is still not prepared for this issue.
Lagos, Borno, Delta state have been excluded from the National Cash Transfer for COVID-19, while the North West zone gets the biggest share.
The National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) info-graphics created on April 11, 2020 and made public by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) revealed that some things were not right concerning the cash transfer scheme.
It disclosed that 1,126,211 households were currently benefitting from the conditional cash transfer including: Katsina (133,227), Zamfara (130,764), Jigawa (99,004), Kano (84,148) and Plateau (78,431), while Borno, Delta and Lagos got zero allocation, among others.
On his part, Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin said the states being totally locked down received nothing, adding that the country can not continue this way.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has introduced a scheme to cushion the effect of the lockdown on on its residents.
The new palliatives were announced less than 24 hours after President Buhari extended restriction of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The scheme came on the heels of the commencement of the second part of Food Stimulus Packages being distributed to 250,000 residents since the lockdown directive came into effect.
Besides, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised the federal, state and local government authorities to create feeding centres urgently in order to cushion the effect of the extension of COVID-19 lockdown.
MURIC’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement said, “Government at all levels should device means of making the diversion of palliatives cumbersome, unprofitable and unnecessary.
Meanwhile, the Biafra Zionists Federation (BZF) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of dividing Nigeria along ethnic lines by his actions.
Leader of BZF, Benjamin Onwuka, yesterday said at a time when countries of the world were united in seeking solutions to the pandemic and cushioning the effects of lockdown on their citizens, the Buhari government was politicising distribution of palliatives.
In his words“It is now clear that the Buhari-led government has recognised us a people who are no longer part of Nigeria. This has manifested in the way the South East people are being excluded in welfare schemes”.
“First, it was the $22.7b loan, which made provisions for other geopolitical zones, except the South East. As if that was not enough, the South East has been schemed out of the COVID-19 palliatives. They are sharing money to their cronies in the North, neglecting those in the South East.”
Apparently, this issue might get out of hand and even more lead to a major revolt as citizens are getting fed up and violent due to lack of provisions and now that some states are being cut out of the budget, this just got more complicated.
Questions are flying everywhere as the masses know that the monies donated are so much over the Nigeria population so what’s the excuse for cutting out some states?
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News Source – Guardian newspaper.
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