By Salisu Sani-Idris
Gwagwalada (FCT) Oct. 12, 2020 The Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), has donated food items to the FCT Administration to cushion effect of the pandemic on vulnerable groups in the territory.
Naija247news reports that the items are 30,541 bags of 10kg rice, 30,541 cartons of pasta, 61,082 cartons of noodles, 30,541 cartons of sugar, 30,541 bags of salt and 30,541 bags of semovita.
The food items were donated under the Food Relief Programme of the Federal Government.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, while receiving the items on Monday in Gwagwalada Area Council, expressed the administration’s appreciation to the leadership and members of CACOVID for the humanitarian intervention.
Aliyu was represented by Prof. Muhammad Usman, her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy.
She said CACOVID initiative had contributed significantly in reducing the spread of the virus, especially among vulnerable persons in the territory.
The minister assured that in line with the intervention objectives of the CACOVID food relief programme, the FCT Administration had constituted distribution committees at all levels.
She restated the commitment of the administration to ensuring that the items donated were given to the targeted beneficiaries.
According to him, Nigerians have realised that working together, they can conquer any challenge that threatens their collective well-being.
She urged Nigerians to be united as President Muhammadu Buhari strives to build a safe and prosperous nation for all.
“With our committed efforts, we have succeeded in containing the magnitude of the pandemic and saving a large number of Nigerians.
“We will continue to remain grateful to all those that supported us in this battle that we continue to wage in our resolve to defeat our common enemy COVID-19.
“The FCT Administration has looked at the current crisis as an opportunity to initiate reforms to revitalise economy for the benefit of all, especially in the agricultural value chain, and medium enterprises to create needed jobs,’’ she said.
Earlier, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele said financial institutions and the private sector had been working tirelessly with governments at all levels to bring relief to those most affected by COVID-19 in the country.
Represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Executive Director, Public Sector Group, First Bank plc, Emefiele explained that the items were donated to the FCT Administration for onward distribution to the most vulnerable households the territory.
He urged the FCT Administration on equitable distribution of the food items.
“The financial sector has been working closely with the Federal and State Governments to bring about the needed relief to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
“Today, we are going to witness yet another landmark achievement. We are handing-over relief items essentially food items to be distributed to most vulnerable households in the society.
“We have a programme for each part of the country, as we move on, we will be unveiling them and we will make sure the relief items are distributed across the country.’’ stated.