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COVID-19: Protest rocks Jos over palliatives

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Jos, capital of Plateau State, was thrown into confusion, yesterday, following protest by women on the premise that total lockdown of the state has resulted in hunger, without any palliatives to cushion the effects, even as the government has directed those eligible for palliatives to go to their wards.

The protesters, mainly women, trooped out in thousands, as early as 8:30 am yesterday, blocking Zaria Road along Federal Government College, Jos. They marched through major streets to register their feelings.

Majority of them carrying leaves, wore black attires and obstructed traffic flow within the city centre for several hours before they were prevailed upon to leave the roads.

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A cross section of the women, who spoke with journalists, said they were promised palliatives by the state government, asked to converge at Government College on Friday, but that they waited throughout the day, with nothing coming their way. 

Reacting, the State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Daniel Majang said: “The committee saddled with the responsibility of distributing palliatives know who deserves to get palliatives. I want to tell you that those who protested did not fall within the bracket of those who should get, because it has been domesticated down to the ward level and polling units across the state.”

Meanwhile, the State Deputy Governor, Professor Sonni Tyoden, the Chairman of Palliative Committee, while flagging off distribution of palliatives, yesterday, in Jos South Local Council, said those who had benefitted from the Federal Government palliatives will not benefit from the arrangements put together by the state government.

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