Benue SEMA debunks Social Media report of being in custody of palliatives


…..Describes the report as false,, baseless, mischievous and misleading

By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA)  Dr. Emmanuel Shior has debunked the Social Media report spreading around concerning the distribution of CACOVID palliatives in the State.

Dr. Shior also described the information as false in its entirety, baseless, mischievous and targeted at  misleading members of the public.

In a press statement signed by the Executive Secretary Benue SEMA  Dr. Emmanuel Shior and  available to Nigerian NewDirect over the weekend, explained that

Some individuals have insinuated that the Benue State Government is hoarding large quantities of the palliatives.

He further explained that on  receipt of the CACOVID food items, the Executive Governor, Samuel Ortom had directed SEMA to ensure equitable distribution of all the palliatives to the 23 local governments areas of the state, and this directive was carried out to the letter.

The  SEA Boss stated the distribution of palliatives was done by Benue SEMA, Local Government Chairmen, Security Agencies, Civil Society, CAN, JNI, Traditional rulers, Community Leaders and CACOVID Monitoring and Evaluation Team. The central distribution was done at Benue SEMA warehouses in Makurdi for onward distribution to the poorest of the poor at the Local Government Areas and Council Wards levels by the Local Government Council Chairmen together with the Local Committees comprising the aforementioned critical Stakeholders.

He listed the summary of the items received and distributed to the 23 local government areas to include;

4,929 bags 10kg  Rice, 96,279 cartons  of Noddle,   49,029 cartons of  Pasta, 49,029 bags of 5kg  Semo,. 49,029 bags of 5kg Sugar and  49,029 unit sachets of Salt.

He urged  members of  the public to disregard such misleading allegation and  note that SEMA Warehouses no longer have CACOVID palliatives after the distribution while appreciating the people of the state for their sustained support to the Government.