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NLC criticises distribution of palliatives in Lagos, reveals “target recipients yet to be reached”

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos Council; has raised concern over the sharing of relief materials by the state government to cushion the effects of stay-at-home order during the Coronavirus period.

This was contained in a statement signed by its chairperson, Agnes Sessi on Tuesday, April 7.

NLC explained that while the initiative is laudable, the target recipients are not reached.

The union further praised “the State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the exemplary and enviable leadership and zeal in the fight against Coronavirus Pandemic currently ravaging nations worldwide.

“It is on record that the State has earned itself commendation not only in Nigeria but the world at large.

“The recent decision by the Government to cater for minor medical and maternity expenses of Lagosians in State hospitals; during this period is a welcome development and highly appreciated.

“We appreciate the Honourable Commissioner of Health; Prof Akin Abayomi and his team for the commitment and professional way the issue is being handled.

“The untiring efforts of the doctors, nurses and health workers in assisting to combat this pandemic and ensuring the well-being of every citizen are recognised and highly appreciated.

“We call on the Government to do all within its power to protect them in the line of duty; by providing adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and motivating them through adequate compensation.”

The NLC, however, called the attention of the government to the disproportionate spread of the palliatives; which “is not enough to meet the needs of Lagosians.

“Similarly, we have observed that in the distribution of relief materials to the indigent and most vulnerable in the State to cushion the effects of the stay-at-home directive; the target recipients are yet to be reached.

“We implore the State Government to make the process more seamless and stress-free by deploying already established structures in the State; like market groups, organisations, social groups, trade unions and institutions to reach those in extreme need”, the NLC implores.

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