From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Coordinator of Initiative For Social and Economic Inclusivity of Underprivileged Person Hon. Aliyu Buba Amshi, has accused politicians for hijacking and distributing palliatives among them in the state.
Speaking to our correspondent in Damaturu, a week after the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) distribution of Palliatives directing by the state governor Mai Mala Buni to cushions hardship of removal fuel Sunsidy.
He said palliatives were hijacked and distributed among politicians in the thick of the removal of fuel Subsidy pandemic by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Buba Amshi, expressed worry over the poor accountability mechanism in the management of the subsidy fund and distribution of palliatives.
He also described that, most of the palliatives were hijacked and diverted by politicians and shared among party members.
According to him, ” I want to use this medium to tell Governor Mai Mala Buni, Some residents who are not members of the party lamented the hijack and their exclusion from the whole distribution process,” Said Amshi.
However, not long after the distribution was made, in some of the 17 local government areas across the state. Allegation of the proprietors diverting and selling off a part of the foodstuffs in the market began to emerge.
He added that, ” We have received a lot of complaints of acts of diversion of palliatives, We want to call the attention of the governor, the committee of the palliatives distributions to look into issue immediately and take necessary measure” said Amshi.
Also One of the resident in Amshi Community of Jakusko Local Government areas, Hon Usman Kabiru Amshi, said that, many of these programmes fail to address the root courses of poverty and instead merely provide temporary, superficial relief.
He said ” these “palliatives” to me are akin to placing a bandage on a deep would whole ignoring the systemic issues that perpetuate economic.
Another resident, Hajiya Zainab, revealed that, the selection process of the beneficiaries was strictly for political party loyalties, and the vulnerable groups in the community could not benefit from the palliative distribution.
Speaking, also a resident from Jakusko Local Government area, described the exercise as unfortunate.