There are strong indications that the much awaited disbursement of palliatives items to vulnerable persons in the rural communities will commence next Friday.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu who made this indication during today’s stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, however warned that the FCT Administration would ensure strict compliance of the sit-at-home order in each Council, to pave way for a hitch-free distribution of palliative items.
Aliyu told the stakeholders, composed of all graded chiefs in the six Area Councils of the FCT, as well as representatives of religious and political leaders that the FCTA would test-run the exercise in Abaji on Friday April 17, 2020, with a view to improving on security and logistics in subsequent Area Councils.
“In our wisdom, considering the daunting task of our royal fathers, considering the responsibilities vested on you, we have come to a stage where we have to sit down with you and rob minds together on how to reach-out to our people.
“The reason for this meeting today is to discuss the burning issue of the palliative distribution to our people seamlessly and the strategy we have adopted. Hopefully, after this pandemic, we will come out stronger.
“By the grace of God, we are ready to go. We have what it takes in our reservoir to distribute to all our vulnerable in the FCT. We felt this is the right time to discuss with our royal fathers on the modalities of distribution. We want to seek your advise from your reservoir of knowledge and wisdom to guide us properly.
“However, we don’t want to expose people to the danger of COVID-19 in the guise of sharing palliatives. Therefore, we have drawn up our strategy. It is proposed that the palliative will commence in Abaji on Friday April 17th, 2020.
“Abaji is targeted because it has the smallest population and one of the poorest area councils in the FCT by our data. The outcome of Abaji distribution will enable us evaluate our performance. During the distribution, the security will be mobilized and lockdown each area council to enable us move from house to house”, she stated.
Speaking on behalf of other traditional rulers, Ona of Abaji, HRH. Adamu Baba Yunusa, who is also chairman, FCT council of chiefs, pledged the support of all graded chiefs to ensure the success of the exercise within their domain.