The Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has washed hand off the seeming battle between Abuja Indigines and none Indigines in the sharing of lockdown palliatives to vulnerable ones.
The Minister, who reacted to our story, published yesterday, April 23, said that the FCT Administration cannot do anything on palliative items given directly to the people by private individuals.
In a WhatsApp message to our Editor-in-chief today, April 24, the Minister of State who is in charge of the distribution of the government palliatives said: “There is nothing we can do about it: if private people had wanted it to go round they could have brought it to the government.
“We have a robust structure on ground for that.”
Dr. Ramatu wanted the residents of Abuja to know that there is different between private social responsibility and government’s good governance structure.
“People are misunderstanding all these and making comments to mean that FCT is not doing anything and we have received some negative comments instead of commendations.”
“Please help us to serve you all better.”
Some none Indigines living in Chibiri, a suburb of Kuje Area Council had complained that those who called themselves Indigines, have been excluding them from food items given by private companies and individuals operating in the community as their contribution to the palliative of the government.
Meanwhile, residents of Chibiri are still waiting for the return of the two trailer load of rice which arrived in the community yesterday afternoon and were driven away at about 7pm with all the contents in them, without a single bag given out to hundreds of people that thronged the LEA primary school where the trailers were parked.