There was trouble in Plateau State on Saturday, 6th June 2020 allegedly caused by the state’s refusal to meet their request of supplying palliatives to the indigenes during the lockdown.
According to today.ng,
“Most of the women were protesters and they came out in their hundreds as early as 8:30 am on Saturday and blocked Zaria road along Federal Government College FGC Jos. They marched through the major streets to register their feelings on the total lockdown of the state which they claimed had led to hunger.
Most of the protesters wore black attires baring leaves, they obstructed traffic flow within the city center for several hours before they were prevailed upon to leave the roads.”
One of the women said; ” After waiting for several hours, they later told us to come back today Saturday but on getting here this morning, there were no government officials and no sign of palliative. Several phone calls were put across to our link person but he refused to pick our calls.”
In response to the protest, the State Commissioner of information said “As far as government is concerned, there’s no need for the protest. The Committee saddles with the responsibility of the distribution of palliatives know who deserves to get palliatives. I want to tell you that those who protested did not fall within the bracket of those who supposed to get palliatives because it has been domesticated down to the ward level and polling units across the state.
“It is at the ward level that people will identify the poor because people know themselves. They should go back to their wards and also be mindful of the fact that there’s a ban on the public procession. It is practically impossible to feed the entire state.”
The State Commissioner of Information, who said civil servants will not be part of the beneficiaries of the palliatives, implored people of the state to be law-abiding and shun any act that can worsen the existing situation in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Should palliative only be given to the poor? How will they identify the poor? What do you think?