Emily Wilson
Mon, Aug 28, 2023 1:30 PM

Oyo State Government Dismisses Viral Claim of Palliative Distribution

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Oyo State Government Dismisses Viral Claim of Palliative Distribution
The Oyo State government has dismissed the viral claim about authorities sharing palliatives through an online registration portal. Government sources have branded the claim as fake and advised the public to disregard it. The message, which went viral on WhatsApp, alleged that Oyo State residents could check their eligibility online to receive palliatives from the Federal Government's N5 billion subsidy removal initiative. However, the Oyo State Palliative Committee members have confirmed that no such registration platform has been designated.

Ibadan, Oyo state - The Oyo State government has dismissed the viral claim about authorities sharing palliatives through an online registration portal, branding the message as fake and advising the public to disregard it. The message, which went viral on WhatsApp, alleged that the government asked residents to check their eligibility online with respect to President Bola Tinubu's N5 billion subsidy removal palliative to states.

The WhatsApp message contained a link where Oyo state residents were requested to check if they were eligible to benefit from the initiative. The message comes amid the revelation that the N5 billion palliative approved by the federal government to each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was for the purchase of rice and maize for distribution to the poor and vulnerable.

However, sources from the Oyo State government's Palliative Committee have confirmed that no online registration portal/platform has been designated by the committee or the state government. Jide Bamgbose, a committee member, stated, "It is fake. Please tell our people not to fall victim." Similarly, Ademola Babalola, another committee member and the chairman of the Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), urged the public to disregard the claim.

In response to a request by Muslim clerics to monitor the distribution nationwide, Chairman of the Palliative Committee Jide Bamgbose said, "While the official information from the Palliative Committee is only from the Hon Commissioner for Information, Dotun Oyelade, I can confidently confirm that no online registration portal/platform has been designated by the Committee or Oyo State government.

The spread of misinformation and fake news has been a significant challenge during these trying times. As governments across Nigeria and the world work to provide relief to their citizens, it is crucial for the public to verify the authenticity of information before taking any action. False claims can create unnecessary panic and confusion, diverting attention and resources from the actual efforts to help those in need.

The government of Oyo State has reiterated its commitment to transparency and accountability in its efforts to alleviate the hardships faced by its residents. It advises the public to rely on official sources for accurate information and to report any suspicious claims or requests for personal information.

In conclusion, the viral claim about Oyo State authorities sharing palliatives through an online registration portal has been dismissed as fake by the government. Oyo State residents are urged to ignore the message circulating on WhatsApp, which falsely claims eligibility for President Bola Tinubu's N5 billion subsidy removal initiative. The Oyo State Palliative Committee has confirmed that no online registration portal has been designated, and the public is advised to rely on official sources for accurate information.

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