From Jude Dangwam, Jos
The Plateau State government has inaugurated a 25 Man Palliatives Committee to Provide succour to citizens of the State as part of measures taken towards cushioning the effects and plights of its people in the fight against COVID-19 Pendamic.
Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Governor of Plateau State; Prof Sunny Tyoden Said the terms of reference include to source for donations and Contributions from organisations and individuals towards Providing Palliatives to the vulnerable and most needy Citizens of Plateau during the COVID-19 crisis.
He stated this on Monday, during a brief inaugural ceremony of the committee held at the old government House Rayfield in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Tyoden pointed that the Committee was to manage any donations and contributions both material and cash on behalf of the State task force team effectively.
H said the Committee members were drawn from the State Traditional Council, Labour Unions, Civil Societies and Religious leaders among others.
The deputy governor said he will continued to make public every single donation(s) made in support of the fight against coronavirus in the state and will remain open to handle any other relevant assignment that might be assigned to it by the Chairman of the task force.
It would be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong in his last state broadcast made it clear that civil servants who were earning salaries as at when due, and those already captured in the Social Investment program of the federal government will not benefit from the state palliatives when it kicks off.
“Let me clarify that these palliatives, which will in due course also be complemented by the Federal Government, are strictly for the needy. Already, about sixty one thousand, six hundred and sixteen (61,616) beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme under the N-Power, Poorest of the Poor and School Feeding Programme have been receiving their stipends based on President Buhari’s directive.
“These are not people that should be looking forward to any other palliatives because they are already being taken care of. Similarly, workers who are receiving salaries as and when due should not expect to partake from the palliatives. Let us consider the truly vulnerable ones at this period,” Lalong stated.