Reps Deny Receiving N100m As Palliatives For Constituents

The House of Representatives’ Spokesman and Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Rep. Akin Rotimi, refuted claims of members receiving money as palliatives for their constituencies.

Instead, he clarified that the Federal government, via the Ministry of Agriculture, allocated palliatives to be distributed across all constituencies nationwide.

Rotimi emphasized in a statement from Abuja that legislators haven’t received, nor will they receive, money for palliatives. He further explained that the procurement process varies at different stages contingent on each constituency.

” The House of Representatives is monitoring a trending topic on social media, relating to the distribution of palliatives by Honourable Members, and in line with our Legislative Agenda which promises responsive, timely, and accurate information, the People’s House considers it necessary to respond to Nigerians to clarify issues.

“To be clear, no legislator has, nor will be given any money for palliatives. While, as politicians, Honourable Members may be visible during the process of distribution, and rightfully take the credit for bringing succour to the people, the procurement and distribution of the palliatives is being handled by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

“The pro-people position of the Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen Phd – led House of Representatives, on the need for the Federal Government to expedite palliative measures to support vulnerable Nigerians, is well documented. This is on account of the hardship Nigerians are experiencing following the removal of fuel subsidy last year.

“Our leadership successfully lobbied for additional palliatives for our constituents across the country, which is being handled by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, in line with extant Public Procurement Laws.

During this season, as is tradition, Honourable Members celebrate with their constituents in diverse ways within their individual capacities in their respective constituencies.

It’s important to note that these expressions of goodwill should not be mistaken for palliatives. The Honourable Members are committed to engaging with the grassroots to prevent any misinterpretation of these actions that could cause discord among colleagues in different constituencies.


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