Rotary clubs in Abuja have distributed palliatives to one thousand households drawn from various communities within the FCT.
The distribution which was facilitated by Rotary Club International District 9125 and supported by Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC targeted the poorest persons in communities under AMAC to reduce the effect of the lockdown on them.
The chairperson AMAC COVID-19 Palliative committee, Mrs Ramat Abdullahi explained that beneficiaries were deliberately chosen through community leaders to ensure the Palliative gets to deserving individuals.
” We have carefully selected the beneficiaries from seven communities in Gwagwa and Jiwa wards in communities like Kagini, Tasha, Karimo and the selection was done by stakeholders in the communities who live with the people and understand them,” she said.
Mrs Abdullahi added that “each bag contains rice, beans, salt, seasoning and everything that can put a decent meal on the table for the families”
The President Rotary club of Abuja Capital Territory Mrs Ndidi Uchonu who coordinated the distribution noted that since the confirmation of COVID-19 index case in Nigeria the club has continued to ensure people get help in this difficult times.
“when the index case was confirmed in the country, the clubs here in Abuja, district 9125 went on to identify those at the front lines, the health workers treating the sick, the journalists who are helping to get adequate information to help the population against the virus,” She said.
Mrs Uchonu maintained “we have provided hand sanitizers, gloves, face and surgical masks to some health workers and media organizations both public and private ones and of course the general public as we seek to beat the deadly coronavirus”
She added “we are also looking forward to going into other communities, like Sabon Lugbe to distribute food and other relief materials to ensure people are not overwhelmed by the lockdown “
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to Radio Nigeria said the gesture would go a long way in reducing the severity of hunger in their communities and appreciated Rotary for its commitment towards alleviating the suffering of the masses.
Rotary club has been at the forefront of the fight against polio in Nigeria and is providing humanitarian assistance to many people across the country.