By M. Peter – Jos

Plateau state government has shut out civil servants and persons who are on the federal government’s Social Investment Programme (SIP) among those to benefit from the COVID-19 palliative.

The state government says, widows, orphans, aged and persons living with disabilities are the target in the palliatives to be provided by the government.

The Deputy Governor of Plateau, Professor Sonni Tyoden who chairs the state government COVID-19 palliative, who stated after the inaugural meeting of the committee said people who are on salaries in government MDAs and those on the federal government’s Social Investment Programme will not benefit from the palliative.

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“Orphans, widows, people living with disabilities and the aged are the target of the palliative. Those on salaries from government MDAs and beneficiaries of the federal government Social Investment Programme, SIP will not be included.”

Tyoden appealed to citizens of Plateau to be patience with the government while the government arranges the palliatives for them to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said the state government is still awaiting for the release of items for distribution from the federal government.

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“We are waiting for what is coming from the federal government so that we can put everything together and make it go round”, Tyoden said.

It would be recalled that the State Governor, Simon Lalong had constituted the palliative committee last week and ordered immediate distribution of palliative to the vulnerable in the society.