Covid-19: Sack All Commissioners In Charge Of Food Relief Stimulus - IPAC Tells Abiodun - NATIONAL TRUMPET


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Covid-19: Sack All Commissioners In Charge Of Food Relief Stimulus - IPAC Tells Abiodun

Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Ogun State chapter, has called for immediate sack of all members of Ogun State COVID19 food stimulus distribution in the state.

The body described the committee members as irresponsible, dishonest, accusing them of diverting the food stimulus.

This was stated in a release by the chairman of IPAC, Asiwaju Abdulateef Adedamola which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State

He said that those members are afflicted with the 2023 virus and would rather attack and weaken the party if they would be able to use it for their own personal ambitions.”

He said, ”We strongly call for the immediate sack of some members of Ogun State covid -19 food Stimulus distribution at the state , culpable people in the local government and ward up to the state level for staging a civilian coup-detat against the Governor and people of Ogun state for their irresponsible criminal diversion of the food stimulus, dishonesty and thoroughly corrupting the process of distribution of the heavily and proudly publicised food stimulus package in Ogun State.

”This ongoing partial, infuriating and very deceptive distribution exercise has set the citizens very angry with the ruling party and its Government.

” This is not because the ruling Government is uncaring , incompetent or not people – friendly but simply because the vehicle driving the distribution led by those committee are wantonly greedy, very dishonest and unbelievably corrupt.

” From the apex of the distribution network down to the lowest rung decidedly hoarded the food package to personally store same in their private stores for personal re – distribution to party faithfuls, friends , family and political strong arms mainly known as political bouncers”

”The damage , the greed, dishonesty, insensitivity and deliberate total disconnect of the officials saddled with the responsibility of the sharing of the palliatives have now caused the Government despite all that the Governor has done to earned a good image and the love of the citizens in pre – distribution, is much unfortunate.

”All of that have now been extensively and firmly rubbished by the shameful greed , dishonest gang of food thieves wrongly named into the various committees at every level.

”About a week back we had written to advise that the food committees should be composed such that transparency could easily be attracted by including the State Chapter of the IPAC in all the stages of planning and execution of the distribution exercise”

The chairman noted if Authorities have accepted including IPAC, the body could have recommended that a pre – distribution survey to identify and or determine the possible beneficiaries should have been undertaken.

IPAC recommended the following steps.

” A simultaneous survey …. a physical visitation arranged by each ward committee to identify and register the possible targets as beneficiaries .

The list of such registered people with addresses , names and where possible phone numbers .
This exercise is to be concluded in a day and by means of e – mailing the list of registered. names and transferred to the Local government that will send the total ward lists by e – mail to the State committee.
The second day , a randomly picked number of the registered will be picked from the lists sent by each ward will be sent back with the instruction that for example the committee in ward 1 will be made to cross- check the list from ward 4 and since the committee would have been a combination of many political parties , the exercise of the verification will have been noticed by the citizens and thereby increase the value of confidence in the exercise by the people .

This verification exercise will also be completed in a day and the third day , the members of ward 3 committee will distribute to the beneficiaries in ward 2 for example. In this way the high grade stealing that has attended the exercise now would have been eliminated and even the people would have been convinced of the transparency.

”The survey would have eliminated the present development where the food stimulus are cornered by a few members of the APC . Houses that its structure and environment that couldn’t be occupied by the class of citizens targeted would have been eliminated. The truly less privileged would have been picked across the State.

”Another suggestion that the state missed includes the formula for distribution from Senatorial zone to Senatorial zone .
Take for instance that Government targets 100,000 households of say of 4 members each. IPAC could have suggested that the numbers are shared as follows :
Ogun East 35% .
Ogun Central 35%
Ogun West. 30%
This translates to mean that if the target had been to capture 500,000 households , this formula would have easily , transparently benefited 35, 000 × 5 households to total 175 , 000 across the State seamlessly and transparently in each of Ogun Central and East .

”Unfortunately , the Authorities were misadvised into ignoring IPAC , a body that had gone ahead to issue a press release of its intention to fully cooperate with the ruling Government and party in this exercise that ought to go beyond party partisanship .

”Though credits must be given to the Chief of staff , The Secretary to the State Government, The SA on Government House for granting access to ipac most of the times but there was a great disconnect between political parties and the Ogun SSA on political affairs.

”With the extremely impressive records the Ogun State Governor has earned in the last close to one year as a people – friendly Government that cares for the welfare of the citizens to have been conclusively rubbished by this horribly dishonest and thieving Committees of strictly APC members who intentionally turned the whole food stimulus exercise into party membership drive.
is quite unfortunate.

”Finally , Ogun State Chapter of IPAC call on the Governor to immediately dissolve all the Committees on food stimulus package .

”Those committee members who presided over the reckless stealing of the Government palliative package should instantly be removed from the office as they have to a very great extent demonstrated that they are not trustworthy.

”After the dissolution of all the Committees , new workable Committees should be set up.
By doing this , the Government and the APC as a party may yet find a way to earn better and neater trust from the citizenry” He added

IPAC therefore congratulated Abiodun over his Government proactiveness in stemming the tide of the Covid-19 infections and spread in Ogun State

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