COVID-19 Food Distribution ‘Not Possible’

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-Wilson Tarpeh, Commerce Minister says new date to be announced

Commerce Minister, Wilson Tarpeh has disclosed that the distribution of food to households in a bid to mitigate the impact, on the population, of lockdown measures  intended to contain the further spread of the deadly Coronavirus, will not take place on Saturday, May 23 due to what he refers to as logistical challenges.

Tarpeh who chairs the Presidential Steering Committee on the distribution of rice and other food items to the public, said in a phone-in interview with the Truth Breakfast Show recently that initially, 200,000 households or 2,000,000 people were planned for but there are now indications that the number may increase up to 3.5 million people.

“We were hoping to share food among 200,000 households which account for 2,000,000 people (5 persons per house), but there is now an indication that it could rise to 3.5 million people or 300,000 households,” he said.

Tarpeh added that the money for the nationwide distribution of the food supplies is yet to come in full, and a definite date will be announced after everything is put in place for implementation of the plan.

“We are waiting for the additional money that is required to do the job. We are working with partners, and as soon that is complete, the steering committee will announce a definite date,” he said.

He pointed out that the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Program, and the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-information Services (LISGIS) are all in the field collecting data for the implementation of the food distribution program to go on smoothly.

“Increase in cost will require more resources and note, the whole thing is driven by the health authorities. We are just helping in the implementation of the program,” the Commerce and Industry Minister said.

He clarified that speculations suggesting that the COVID-19 feeding program will no longer be implemented are untrue.

“Structures, such as community leaders will lead the way in each of the places we will be distributing the food. No one will come from New Kru Town, for example, to distribute food to residents of Paynesville Joe Bar community,” Tarpeh said.

He mentioned that the Finance Committee for the distribution of the food is headed by the World Bank office in the country, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF), civil society organizations, among others, will also have a part each to play in ensuring that the distribution goes on well.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has passed the COVID-19 recast budget leaving the Senate to concur.

It may be recalled that Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah said the food supply could only affect households with vulnerable residents.

However, he explained that based on the wisdom of the Legislature, almost the entire country’s population (3.5 million people) will benefit.

6 COMMENTS

  1. “We were hoping to share food among 200,000 households which account for 2,000,000 people (5 persons per house), but there is now an indication that it could rise to 3.5 million people or 300,000 households,”….Mr. Minister, these figures are not adding up!!

    • Mr. Mah,

      Those figures DO add up. Read a few more times what the Minister said about the additional 1.5 million people, you might get it.

  2. Nearly all the countries within the West African region have reported positive outcomes and experiences with how the distribution of food aid to their hardest hit populations has proceeded. Reports coming out of Sierra Leone, which population is quite larger than Liberia, is filled with nothing but a great thank you of the people to their president, Julius Maada Bio,

    Why is Liberia facing logistical problems now when it comes to the Weah’s government playing its role in delivering the much needed food assistance to the people when in fact, the money is not Weah’s? Because very reliable and recent sources have revealed information Weah and his leadership have planned to divert the WFP, an acronym that stands for World Food Program’s funds to their own private projects. They have planned and organized fly-by-night companies, many of which are headed by the leaders in Weah’s CDC’s power echelons, to expropriate the funds leaving only a pittance to help the poor.

    More so, as Providence would have it, the United Nations (UN) which is the parent organization under which umbrella the WFP operates, has discovered Weah has politicized the humanitarian efforts to benefit his CDC base only.

    Mr. Tarpeh is just putting-up a front because he is fully aware of what is going on with the food aid that was intended to benefit our less fortunate, but such efforts are being aborted because of Weah’s reckless ambitions to get rich quick even if takes putting one’s reputation in the shithole just to make a penny.

    • You can not win this game by simply spewing lies that are based on gossips, rumors and personal sentiments.
      All the key players including National and International partners are engaged in this process.
      Your irresponsible and childish comments about what is obtaining is very nonsensical.
      Liberia may have a high rate of illiteracy, but the people are not stupid.

  3. Right to be Anonymous, you are a stupid fool who foolishly believe the Liberian people are stupid and foolish as your very stupid self as you rant such rubbish as: “Because very reliable and recent sources have revealed information.” “United Nations (UN) which is the parent organization under which umbrella the WFP operates, has discovered.”

    Have you metamorphosed into a yellow journalist who can never identify his source? You are sick. You are not a journalist, and no one can hold you accountable for identifying your source; since of course, your nomenclature is unidentifiable. So the fact that you will only come here to display your stupidity, you bet no one will take you serious. For you are too irresponsible and very stupid.

  4. Right to be Anonymous, you are a stupid fool who foolishly believes the Liberian people are stupid and foolish as your very stupid self as you rant such rubbish as: “Because very reliable and recent sources have revealed information.” “United Nations (UN) which is the parent organization under which umbrella the WFP operates, has discovered.”

    Have you metamorphosed into a yellow journalist who can never identify his source? You are sick. You are not a journalist, and no one can hold you accountable for identifying your source; since of course, your nomenclature is unidentifiable. So the fact that you will only come here to display your stupidity, you bet no one will take you serious. For you are too irresponsible and very stupid.

    You old rascals want to always be in government, even when your time has passed. So when others are in, you get jealous and develop hatred for the leaders, even when the leader is doing his best as is the case with President Weah building roads throughout the country. This is a MUCH-NEEDED durable and lasting development! And such big-bang policy certainly revamps the economy, the health, education, agricultural sectors etc. etc. of the country!

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