Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has warned Non Governmental Organisations against diversion of palliatives meant for vulnerable and needy women provided to cushion the effect of hardship caused by COVID-19 lock-down.
She gave this warning while distributing palliatives items donated by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in Abuja.
According to Mrs. Tallen, the ministry would monitor the disbursement of the food items to ensure that it gets to the needy and vulnerable women within the FCT.
“We appreciate women for their resilience, patience and hard work during this difficult period for women all over the world. These palliatives can never be enough to go round, but I appeal to your conscience in the name of God to ensure that it reaches to the target group, which are the needy and vulnerable in the community…” the minister said.
Founder, Oge Pep Empowerment Initiative, an NGO, Ms Pepsie Adiukwu assured the government that the food items donated would reach the target groups already identified by the organisation .
Representing another NGO, Divine Women of Purpose Association (DWOPA), Mrs Oby Elekwa, called on the government to also send palliatives to states that were yet record cases of COVID-19.
According her, Women in every state deserved to get palliative, irrespective of whether they had recorded COVID-19 pandemic or not.
“Because the effect of the lock-down cuts across the nation, so there are vulnerable persons across the country who also need assistance,” she said.
72 organisations benefited from the palliatives comprising 600 bags of 50 kg rice, 200 packets of pasta, 50 bags of sugar and three bales of textile materials.