By Osahon Osahon
Following looting of COVID-19 palliatives in various warehouses in some states, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to investigate alleged hoarding of palliatives aimed at ameliorating the hardship caused by coronavirus.
Labour also demanded for an immediate release of the remaining palliatives in government warehouses across the country to assuage the sufferings of Nigerians.
In a statement signed by its President, Ayuba Wabba, NLC observed that the timely distribution of the remaining palliatives would help address the suffering currently pervading the land over the COVID-19 outbreak.
While condemning the mass looting of both COVID-19 palliatives and other materials by Nigerians, stressed that government agents who hoarded the materials from being distributed to hungry masses be investigated.
Wabba said, “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.”