Following attack by some residents of Ilorin on the cargo terminal in Ilorin, custody of the palliatives donated during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kwara State on Friday, the state government has condemned the act as unfortunate.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, “Attack on the pallaitives meant for the poor is condemnable, inexplicable, and does not reflect the good nature of the people of the state.”
The commissioner said: “CACOVID and the state government had since distributed majority of the palliatives to the identified vulnerable households in 15 of the 16 local government areas of the state.
“The remaining palliatives in the terminal, which the hoodlums preyed on until chased away by security agencies, were meant for special vulnerable groups and just one local government where names of the beneficiaries have just been delivered and officials have started distributing when the street urchins breached the wall of the facility.
“It would be recalled that the CACOVID and the state government had since September 23rd flagged off the distribution of the palliatives. But it was meant for specific households, as dictated by CACOVID, and so names had to be properly generated to allow for transparent and orderly distribution.”
She added that, “The actions of the hoodlums are condemnable and those already arrested would face the full weight of the law. The government would not tolerate anyone hiding under any guise to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state. The government commends the security agencies for acting with restraint in the face of provocation by the hoodlums.”