It has come to our notice that individuals and a minute collective who are religiously devoted to mischief-making are making futile but unsuccessful attempts to disregard the objectiveness of the Delta State Government on the recently distributed CA-COVID palliatives in Delta State.
It must be unequivocally stated, that in Delta State, the CA-COVID palliatives were equitably distributed, using the guiding principle of ensuring that ‘the palliatives get to the most vulnerable amongst us’, a phrase coined by the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, and judiciously adhered to by the Delta State CA-COVID Committee established for this purpose.
I must also commend the Governor for his insistence on co-opting Civil Society into the Delta State CA-COVID Committee to play a watch-dog role and for the sake of transparency, and perhaps, His Excellency foresaw a time such as this, as it turned out to be an appropriate step taken to checkmate mischief makers, and bring their campaign of calumny and cheap blackmail to a nonentity.
Recall that on the 12th of September, 2020, I put up a post on my Facebook wall, announcing that the distribution of the CA-COVID palliative had commenced? The palliatives for each Local Government Area were received by the LGA Council Chairmen for each LGA.
To ensure palliatives got to each of the 270 wards in the 25 LGAs of Delta State, names of 179 households beneficiaries per ward were collated with all relevant stakeholders engaged in exercise to ensure transparency and credibility, these stakeholders included Religious Leaders, President Generals of Communities, Community Based Organizations and the Civil Society.
Each of the 179 households beneficiaries received as stipulated one 10kg bag of rice, one 5kg bag of garri, one carton (20500g) of pasta, one carton of indomie (70g40pcs), 5 packets of 1kg sugar and one pack of 1kg salt.
On my part, my office mobilized over 270 Civil Society Volunteers and over 25 Civil Society Organizations to monitor the distribution of the CA-COVID palliatives in Delta State.
While I must emphasize that there were a few discrepancies as contained in the Civil Society Monitors individual and objective reports which is certain to happen in all human endeavours, they were not enough to discredit the credibility of the process or the noble intent of His Excellency Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.
Having stated the above, I am by this medium calling on all volunteers and Civil Society Organizations who monitored the CA-COVID palliative distribution exercise to kindly share photos and videos of the exercise on your social media (preferably Facebook) and tag @Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro.
No cost will be spared on my part in my quest to establish the truth as I was a pivotal part of this process.
Activist Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Civic Engagement and Civil Society
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