The three-day distribution of palliative items such as; Rice, Semovita, Sachets of tomato paste, Seasoning cubes and Garri to residents of Kwali area council of the Federal Capital Territory has ended with most households reported to have received their share.
A non-governmental organisation monitoring the process, through its anti-corruption network, ‘Say No Campaign’ reported that while most households were given equal share of the palliative items, the Married, Aged and People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) were prioritised in the distribution.
Reports from the NGO indicated that residents were largely satisfied with the items received as well as the modalities for sharing.
“while community members across the 10 wards were instructed to remain in their respective homes so that the items will be delivered to them, there were reports of people gathering in clusters on the streets receiving the food items”It says.
The report signed by the Co-convener ‘Say No Campaign’ Ezenwa Nwagwu says One lingering challenge that has continued to mar the process of distribution from Abaji to Kwali remains the disregard for social distancing as beneficiaries of relief materials, in some places, clustered to receive the items.
Mr Nwagwu stressed the need for the Federal Capital Territory Authority, FCTA to consciously avoid crowdy and clumsy methods of distribution that encourages clustering around delivery trucks or distributing officials.
Mr Nwagwu called on the FCTA to adequately coordinate and strategise with the chairmen of the area council and their ward councilors for a more effective house to house distribution to avoid mobile sharing.
The distribution is expected to continue in other area councils of the FCT, as announced by the FCTA Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu.