Private sector coalition on covid-19 sets to distributes N23b food palliative for 1.7 mln households
Nigeria’s Private Sector led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) said it’s set to distribute food palliative and nd other relief items worth N23 billion to about 1.7 households across the country.
According to a statement by Dangote Group chief corporate communication officer, Anthony Chiejina, the food palliative and other relief items are meant to mitigate the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable Nigerians.
CACOVID, an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other top corporate Nigerians planned to distribute the items among at least 10 million people across the 774 local governments in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory.
Zouera Youssoufou, CACOVID Administrator and CEO of Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), said the food distribution is the next phase in the line of actions mapped out by the coalition to partner government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and relief the vulnerable people of the burden posed by the outbreak of the disease.
Youssoufou said the Coalition has divided the nation into the six geo-political zones and the distribution was being flagged-off simultaneously in states such as Adamawa, Yobe, Ekiti Ogun, Delta, Edo, Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Plateau, and Nasarawa.
The offer of food palliatives, it will be recalled is coming on the heels of donations by CACOVID, of medical equipment in some instances to state governments to strengthen their response capacity and outright building of isolation facilities in about 38 centres in the country for which the Coalition had spent about N15 billion to help ease off the pressure on the states and federal government in their responses to the Pandemic.
CACOVID has also helped to reinforce the testing capacity of the NCDC with the donation of over 300,000 test kits and PPEs just as the Coalition is primed to commence the third and final phase of its COVID-19 response plan.
Youssoufou said each family that would benefit from the palliatives would receive in various quantities, Rice, Pasta, Garri, Maize, Semo, noodles, salt and Sugar.
“CACOVID has since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic been committed to providing relief packages to the most vulnerable. The Coalition’s primary focus was to aid the Federal Government in the fight against COVID-19.
“Having done this successfully, we are turning our attention to offering a reprieve to households who have been adversely affected by the scourge of the virus.
“Through this Food Relief Programme, we will be reducing the risk of a second viral wave by encouraging people to remain indoors rather than expose themselves when seeking to provide food for themselves and their families,12 Zouera stated.
In his remark, CACOVID Communication Committee member and Dangote Industries Ltd’s Group Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Chiejina stated that while the food distributions are going on across the nation the Coalition would continue to intensify its grassroots awareness campaign on the virus simultaneously.
“While the people are being fed, we are also telling them that the virus is real and what should be done by way of hygiene to stay safe.”
Amaechi Okobi, the Group Head, Corporate Communication, Access Bank Plc pleaded with the media to help inform the people of the food distribution phase of the Coalition action plan saying the people deserve to know is being done to complement government’s efforts to reduce the effect of the deadly virus.