The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has dismissed reports that the Covid-19 palliatives found in a Lagos warehouse were from the ministry.
According to the Ministry, the food items were donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID.
This was contained in a statement obtained through the Minister's Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Nneka Ikem Anibeze.
The statement read in part: "This is nothing but a tissue of lies.
"The photos and videos recorded at the warehouse show that the bags of rice and other items were clearly marked ‘Lagos State Government and Ca-Covid’.
"Ca-Covid is short for Coalition Against Covid-19, a private sector led task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control NCDC and the World Health Organization WHO with the sole aim of combating Covid-19 in Nigeria.
"The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development did not procure, distribute or facilitate the distribution of palliatives under the Ca-Covid initiative.
"The ministry therefore wishes to inform the general public that it has nothing to do with the items found in that Lagos warehouse."