By Oluwole Francis
In line with its mandate towards reaching out to indigent Nigerians, Junior Chamber International JCI ASO,has donated food items and face masks to Toge community in Abuja.
The local Organization president of Junior Chamber International JCI ASO Ayodeji Ojo said the palliatives is aimed at cushioning the effect of the lockdown directive aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.
According to Ojo the palliative is distributed to people to ameliorate the suffering of these helpless but industrious people in the community, who can no longer sell their market.
“We need to cushion the effect of this Convid-19 on people, especially people in our rural areas, I mean in our local communities where we know that it has not been easy for them. And they have been sitting down at homes now for almost two months that people have been in their houses and you know people have not been working”.
“These are the people we see in our markets, people that we see in all those low income areas, where we get our food, we get our item and it it is better that we come here to sensitise them and you know we can’t come here to sensitise them without cushioning the effect of Convid-19 that is why we brought palliative with us”.
“Actually, the idea behind this is sensitisation and to distribute face mask but the overall effect of the Corona Virus is what made us to bring food for them and at least these food, an average family can consume it at least for three weeks before they start entering markets and doing business and all that.”
“You know, ours is a local organisation and we brought about these with our own money. Every member of the local organisation contributed money. So, the reason why we actually brought all these to Toge community, when we were doing needs assessment of the project, we had three communities in mind but, when we came to Toge, could you believe that out of every fourty-five people that were surveyed, it was only two people that had a face mask on and we that these are the people that go to our markets to sell food. So, we have to come here to sensitise them and you can’t just sensitise Nigerians empty handed and that is why we have to bring some foods”.
He also urged the people to join the government in combating the COVID 19 in obeying the lockdown rule and taking precautionary measures, while calling on well-meaning Nigerians to support the JCI so as to put smiles on the faces of the people living the other communities.
“As money keeps coming in and as our members are capable, we will extend these sensitisation to other communities. It’s not a government thing, it’s our hard earned money we put it together on a project purse and whatever we think we can do, we pack it and buy things and do all that we can do and that is if we have money and we move from one community to another”
“Today, we are targeting 100 families for the food and more than five hundred face masks he concluded.