By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun Food and Relief Committee has said that the COVID-19 palliatives carted away in the state were not hoarded.
The Secretary of the committee, Alh. Bayo Jimoh in a statement on Friday, said the food items have no direct bearing with the state government but within the purview of the Food and Relief Committee.
Some residents of the state had invaded the warehouses in Ilesa and Ede where COVID-19 palliative were kept and carted them away.
Jimoh in the statement titled “Ede Warehouse Attack: Putting the Records Straight maintained that the committee have no authority to distribute the food items without approval from Abuja.
The statement reads: “We are in receipt of information that the Warehouse in Ede, where we kept the relief materials donated to the Osun Food and Relief Committee by the Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), has been attacked and food items carted away.
“It has therefore become imperative to put the records straight in view of the falsehood and the misinformation making the rounds about the donated relief items.
“One, it is not true that the food items were hoarded.Two, the food items have no direct bearing with the State Government, as they are within the purview of the Food and Relief Committee. Three, the items can only be distributed after a formal flag-off by the CACOVID Office, Abuja. Four, we do not have the authority to distribute the food items without approval from Abuja.
“Besides, the Committee is still expecting the rice component of the donated items, which is 40, 230 bags of 5kg. All these are part of the reasons the items were still in the warehouse up till the time of the invasion.
“The following items were donated: Pasta FMN – 29, 992; Pasta OLAM -10, 282; Noodles- 80, 644; Garri -40, 322; Salt- 40, 320; and Sugar – 40, 227. However, the rice components of the donated items are yet to be delivered up until now.”