The Plateau state government has condemned the burglary of warehouses and subsequent looting of palliatives in Jos and Bukubu by some hoodlums, Saturday morning.
The state commissioner of information and communications, Hon. Dan Majang, who spoke in a statement, said it wasn’t true that the items were hoarded by the state government.
Commissioner Manjang, said, “It has become expedient for the Plateau state government to condemn the action and further make some clarirications about the items to clear the erroenous impression that they were being hoarded.
“The items at the warehouses were delivered to the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management for distribution to beneficiaries in Plateau state
“The public may recall that the Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk was in Jos together with the Minister of Women Affairs Dame Paullen Tallen on October 16 2020 to deliver the items and had indeed brought in the personel of the ministry to carry out the distribution in conjunction with state officials.
“However as they were preparing to begin the process, the #ENDSARS protests began which put the process on hold.”
Hon. Manjang said unfortunately while the team from the federal ministry alongside the state representatives were waiting for the coast to clear for them to commence the distribution, the stores were breached and the items were carted away.
“The Plateau state government therefore wishes to state categorically that it did not hoard any palliatives meant for the citizens of the state at any time.
“All the palliatives purchased by the state and those donated by private individuals were distributed equitably by the state palliative committee headed by his excellency Prof. Sonni Tyoden, deputy governor of Plateau State,” he said.