The chairman Senate committee on the army, Senator Muhammadu Ali Ndume, has called for the disbandment of the presidential committee on the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives.
Ndume, a former Senate leader, representing Borno South senatorial district, alleged that the distribution exercise is fraudulent, Daily Trust reports.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) senator made the allegation while addressing journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday, April 13.
According to him, the data generated for Social Investment Program (SIP) register, on the basis of which the palliatives are being distributed, does not reflect the reality of the poverty level in the country.
He said most of those benefitting from the palliatives do not deserve them, and states which deserve them most get little or nothing.
“For example, the SIP register shows that in Borno state, there are 7130 households and 33,748 poor persons deserving the palliatives. This is ridiculous; I can get this number even in Mairi (a ward in Jere local government area of Borno state),” he said.
“I have reliable information that the register is fake; some people are rushing to steal the money meant for those who deserve the palliatives, and I feel pained about this,” he added.