…as CACOVID rice supplier clears air, counts losses
Bode Akinbode, Ibadan Oyo
Oyo State Government has explained that the palliatives looted by hoodlums in the early hours of Friday at a warehouse located in Akobo area of Ibadan, the state capital, did not belong to the state government.
The State Government maintained that the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde would never short-change the people, urging members of the public to discountenance the allegations and misinformation being spread on social media.
The state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters and chairman of the Food Security and Palliative Committee of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Chief Bayo Lawal, stated these at the weekend, adding that the state is set to proceed with the fifth round of palliative distribution, which he noted was slowed down as a result of the nationwide protests.
The Commissioner stated that the bags of rice looted at the private warehouse in Ibadan were not the property of Oyo State.
He said that Oyo State was not supplied rice as part of the palliatives from CACOVID and that it did not distribute rice as part of the palliatives distributed to the people so far.
He explained further that some hoodlums had mistaken a private warehouse belonging to a company that operates in Ibadan, as belonging to the state government and had attacked the property and carted away bags or rice, which they erroneously thought were being hoarded by the government.
The Commissioner stated that the state government could not hoard what it did not have, explaining that CACOVID only supported the state with cash, medical items and food items including Indomie and Spaghetti.
According to Lawal, the looted palliatives at the private warehouse, which consist of mainly packaged rice, did not belong to Oyo State, adding that the remaining items meant for the next round of palliatives in the state are stored at government’s designated warehouses.
He said that none of the state’s food items is stored outside the Secretariat.
Earlier, the CACOVID vendor whose warehouse was vandalised, Mr. Alabi Femi Adeoye, decried the untoward situation, stating that the looted rice at the warehouse were meant to be supplied to Abia, Cross-Rivers, Plateau and Taraba states.
He said that his company, which has been operating in Oyo State in the past five years, lost millions of Naira to the attack.
He thanked men of the ‘Operation Burst,’ whose intervention, he said, helped to stop the total destruction of his company.