Many residents of Olorunsogo, an area in Ilorin, Kwara State, have condemned in strong words the distribution of extremely contaminated, poisonous and expired rice packed in Honey-Well bags to the people as lock-down palliatives.
In a video exclusively obtained by StarMedia Renaissance TV, a lock-down palliative, branded with the “Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND)”, tagged (TETFUND INTERVENTION ON COVID -19), and distributed to residents and staffs of the tertiary institution in the State, was unwrapped to expose the expired and totally rotten product concealed in it.
Many residents of the community have expressed their utmost displeasure at what they termed a deliberate and wicked act by the donors.
This is pure wickedness! A visibly infuriated resident who spoke with StarMedia Renaissance reporter said. “At first, the government locked us at home without making any provision for lock-down palliative. Now they are sharing poisonous food items to us”.
Another resident – Hammed Olanrewaju, condemned this action totally and called for the arrest of those involved. According to Hammed, “it is totally unforgivable if in your claim to save lives, you are indulging in activities that put the same lives at greater risk”. Abdulrasheed Adetola stated, “I’m quite sure this is not their first time of doing this; they collect millions from government and other bodies but only end up sorting for cheap and expired items to give to the people knowing fully well they will always get away with it”.
While many of the residents received their well packaged lock-down palliatives with huge excitement, little did they know the gifts were actually concealed with contents that would leave them in total shock.
It would be recalled that in a move to halt the threat of COVID-19 in the state, the Governor of Kwara had in April 9, 2020, issued an executive total lock-down order effective from April 10, 2020 from 6p.m. This directive the government said was aimed at flattening the curve of the transmission as at that time. While many commended the move as a step in the right direction, others expressed deep concern over the dire effect on their means of sustenance.
In a country where 95.9 million people were estimated to be living in extreme poverty, it is not unusual to see the consequence of a lock-down biting hard on the poor masses that ordinarily would be forced to depend on government or NGOs for support.
Samuel O. Adelaja