COVID-19: Stakeholders deny missing rice palliative
…LG describes media report as malicious
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
Following recent report that went viral on media alleging a missing of full loaded trailer of rice as Nasarawa State Government’s palliative to Kokona Local Government Area of the state, stakeholders in the area have conveyed an emergency meeting to authentic report carried by some national dailies.
At the end of their findings, the stakeholders condemned in totality, the media reports which they described as an act to destroy the good image of the people of the local area.
Speaking to our correspondent shortly after the meeting, the state Commissioner of Justice and Antony-General, Barrister, Abdulkareem Kana, who is also a stakeholder of the area, disclosed that the report was unprofessional.
“The report is malicious and fake meant to cause harm to the political career of both elected and appointeed in Kokona Local Government Areas,” he stated.
He called on journalists to always confirm their source of report before going to the press.
According to him, correspondents of the three national dailies were in Garaku to verify their information.
“I wonder if such reputable media organizations would publish such an unbalanced report,” he added.
Kana urged people of Kokona to disregard the reports as he said it was handwork of some people who didn’t mean well for the state and area.
On his part, a member of state House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Ogazi said the reporters lacked professionalism.
Ogazi said anybody involved in the diversion of palliative given to the vulnerable persons in the area would be penalized.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Kokona Local Government Council, Saidu Kurki, alongside 11 elected councilors representing their various electoral wards and party executives of the ruling party were all exempted from the allegations of diverting the palliative.