COVID-19: PDP Challenges FG Over Expired Rice (Palliatives)

FG reject rice

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government of donating expired bags of rice to Nigerians in the name of COVID-19 palliative.

This came as Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has directed that the expired rice should be rejected and replaced.

Also, the Oyo State government, yesterday, explained why it returned the expired rice. The PDP, in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Diran Odeyemi said:

“It is lack of initiative and poor judgement if the best method and option deployed by the Federal Government is to give financial succour only to Nigerians with less than N5,000 in their Bank account or citizen who are not able to top their mobile phone with more than N100 whereas they know where poor Nigerians lived when they wanted their votes.

“It is irreconcilable if, in the name of saving the lives of Nigerians against the pandemic Corona virus, the same Federal Government is giving Nigerians poisonous rice as a palliative, we wonder how a government that claims to value the lives of its people will openly toy with the idea of feeding them with expired food items.

“This is, to say the least, a wicked and an ungodly act considering what would have been the consequence should the Oyo State government just go ahead with the distribution of the 1,800 bags of rice without checking it.This act is condemnable.”

Ondo rejects expired rice Similarly, Governor Akeredolu has directed that the expired rice should be rejected and replaced.

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