The Federal Government Relief Committee handling the distribution of Relief materials meant as palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians has been put to task over the method of carrying out its assignment.
The Executive Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Prince Dotun Oyelade, in a statement after meeting with the BCOS News Management Team expressed the frustration of the Corporation in tracing the households and individuals who were reported to have benefitted from the palliatives in Oyo State.
He recalled that the Relief Committee headed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, posted that 28,282 households and 99,569 individuals have benefitted from the exercise in Oyo State, but all spirited efforts made by the Corporation’s News apparatus to verify the figures and identify the beneficiaries have not been successful since the announcement last week.
According to Prince Oyelade, it is imperative that due diligence must be done in assisting Journalists to identity the mode of payment and the criteria used that has made it impossible to trace the so-called beneficiaries.
From Ibadan to Igboho, Ikoyi-Ile, Iganna, Ayete, Ido and Egbeda, BCOS News search reveals that no single individual or household in the State has so far received any palliative from any Federal Government Agency since the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.
Prince Oyelade said it was obvious that the Federal Government Relief Committee was only distributing palliatives to households and individuals on pages of Newspapers, other mainstream Media and Social Media.
It would be recalled that the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) through its twitter handle on Saturday, April 4, 2020, said from Monday, April 7, 2020, cash would be distributed to indigent families spread across 18 States.
The affected States are Niger, Osun, Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Cross River, Kano, River, Jigawa, Ekiti, Oyo, Imo and Bauchi.
Meanwhile, there was pandemonium in Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State, on Thursday, April 9, 2020, following the conditional cash transfer to the poorest households in the Local Government by Federal Government.
Some residents and Monarchs of the Local Government staged a protest to express their grievances over the controversial cash transfer to the poorest households, demanding the names of the beneficiaries of the money transfer in the Council.
The leader of the Federal Government delegation to the State, Mr Oyekola Oladipo, disclosed in Ibadan that the traditional leaders were aware of the process of the selected beneficiaries of the palliative measure, but the Oniladuntan of Laduntan land, Oba Adebowale Adeyemi (JP) in Ona Ara Local Government and Baale of Akanran in the same Council, Baale Toheeb Alawaye told Newsmen that none of their subjects benefited from the Federal Government’s gesture.