COVID-19: Gov. Wike triggers food distribution

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has tasked the Palliatives Committee to distribute foodstuffs supplied by his government to the less fortunate, irrespective of their party affiliations.

In a statement, he said the government has agreed to release the state’s food bank to the committee to cushion the hardship caused by strategies to contain the spread of coronavirus in Rivers state.

Commemorating the committee at the Port Harcourt Government House on Monday, Wike stated that the foodstuffs have to meet the people in desperate need.

Speaking: “The distribution of these foodstuffs has nothing to do with party membership. It should get to all less privileged people.

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“That is why we have clerics, security personnel and other people in the committee. There should be no application of sentiment in the sharing.”

Wike added that the committee would reach out to the 23 local government areas of the state and called on the councils to patiently wait for their turns.

He said: “We will reach out to the 23 Local Government Areas of the State. No Local Government Area will be exempted.

“But Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas where we have the concentration of Rivers people will get the first attention”.

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Wike also instructed the committee to ensure that orphanages, security agencies and other groups get the palliatives.

He described the situation as a war adding that the fight to combat coronavirus must continue.

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