A group in Rivers state under the aegis of Rivers Peoples Alliance has condemned plans by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) to deliver COVID-19 materials to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.
In the opinion of the group, such should have been channeled through the Rivers state government, as was reportedly done by the same agency, when it recently extended such gesture to Lagos state.
The group in a statement on Wednesday by its General Secretary, Pius Okechukwu, described the action as selective because Rivers is being controlled by an opposition political party.
“Now that a Federal Government Agency wants to distribute items, it choose to ignore the state government for obvious reasons and deal directly with the teaching hospital, against what it did in Lagos.
“Coronavirus knows no colour or race, we demand an immediate explanation why Rivers should be treated differently from Lagos.
“When it was the turn of Lagos it was express delivery via Lagos Government but now that it’s the turn of Rivers FG now remembers that it’s an opposition state and would go directly to its crony.
“Adopting selective approach to end a scourge that cannot differentiate between political parties, race and religion is not good for our democracy”, the statement read.
The group added that NIMASA should retrace its plan to handover materials to another body when there’s a democratically elected government in Rivers state.