17 September By Remi Johnson
Minister of State for the FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, says the Administration has discovered that over 700, 000 households are vulnerable in the territory from its social register.
The minister disclosed this during the presentation of a scorecard of the palliative distribution by a coalition of COVID-19 Civil Society Organisations Emergency Intervention Group in Abuja.
Dr Aliyu who acknowledged that the COVID 19 palliative exercise was an eye opener to the plight of residents, said the scorecard would further guide the decision of the administration in reaching out to the people,especially during emergencies
The minister used the occasion to commend the Civil Society Organisations, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders for their collaborative efforts in making the palliative distribution a success.
In her words:”Many a times when you work and put in the best you can, you are not in the best position to score yourself. We are proud to say indeed some people out there did not only go out to distribute the palliative, but also made efforts to look into what we were doing without fear or favour and scored us as it is. This to you is a scorecard, but to me it is a validation of my dreams” she said.
On his part, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, thanked the civil society groups for not abandoning the administration in a difficult moment.
On her part, National Coordinator, COVID-19 CSOs Emergency Intervention Group, Dr.Jophia Nanker Gupar,who scored the administration high on the COVID 19 palliative distribution, said every community in the territory received the palliative, even though not everybody benefitted .