The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has berated some state governments in the country for hoarding COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector.
The NLC in a statement issued on Monday called for the immediate distribution of all palliatives still stored in different warehouses across the country.
The Congress urged the Federal Government to investigate the conduct of the states hoarding the palliatives while hunger and hardship was growing in the country.
The statement reads, “It is obvious that the palliative provisions that were procured by government for immediate distribution to the mass of our people at their critical time of need and to assuage the hardship occasioned by the lockdown were hoarded and held back by some government officials.
“The reasons for this have not been made known to the public. We also understand that many of the palliative provisions are already getting rotten in the warehouses where they were stored.
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“While we condemn the ensuing mass looting of both the COVID-19 palliatives and non-COVID-19 palliative materials, we equally deplore the conduct of some government officials who stored away relief materials that should have been distributed to the masses of our people at their very trying times of need.
“In order to forestall riotous plundering of the remaining relief palliatives, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) demands that the Federal Government should order the immediate release of all the welfare provisions and materials to citizens,” the statement added.