By Anayima Abo Makurdi
The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA Dr Emmanuel Shior, has denied the rumour alleging that the Agency is hoarding large quantities of the palliatives donated to the State by members of CACOVID, describing allegation as baseless and mischievous.
Dr Shior in a Statement made available to journalists said it has become necessary for the Agency to respond to the misleading information being peddled on social media regarding the distribution of CACOVID palliatives in the state.
According to him, Some individuals have insinuated that the Benue State Government is hoarding large quantities of the palliatives which he outrightly denied
“On receipt of the CACOVID food items, the Executive Governor, Samuel Ortom had directed SEMA to ensure equitable distribution of all the palliatives to the 23 local governments areas of the state, and this directive was carried out to the letter”
He informed that the distribution of palliatives was done by Benue SEMA, Local Government Chairmen, Security Agencies, Civil Society, CAN, JNI, Traditional rulers, Community Leaders and CACOVID Monitoring and Evaluation Team
“The central distribution was done at Benue SEMA warehouses in Makurdi for onward distribution to the poorest of the poor at the Local Government Areas and Council Wards levels by the Local Government Council Chairmen together with the Local Committees comprising the aforementioned critical Stakeholders.
“We want the public to note that SEMA Warehouses no longer have CACOVID palliatives after the distribution”