Covid-19 : Humanitarian Contributions By People Giving Out Palliatives During The Covid-19 Lockdown
Humanitarian Contributions By People Giving Out Palliatives During The Covid-19 Lockdown
It’s no longer news that Nigeria is one of the countries challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed over a hundred lives according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC). The NCDC which is currently the leading health institute for the coronavirus pandemic in the country is in charge of collating the increasing numbers of confirmed COVID 19 cases and also ensures that those infected are out into isolation and treated. The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has released a special intervention fund of 5 billion naira to the NCDC to expand their facilities with the necessary equipment and also to increase their personnel and leading laboratories around the country.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for this virus which is ravaging the world presently with over 300,000 fatalities globally and about 100 in Nigeria. Every day, the number of suspected Covid-19 cases keeps skyrocketing especially in the states of Lagos, Abuja, and Kano. The government has then imposed a four weeks lockdown on Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun states. Ogun state was involved in the lockdown because of its close proximity to Lagos State. Kano state was placed on lockdown of 30 days to curb the constant death rate which has been witnessed by the state in recent times.
BANKS, INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS
To help with the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, most spirited wealthy Nigerians, banks, and organizations have joined in the fight by donating cash and palliatives during this period of time. The sum of N25.8 billion has been donated by Nigerian companies and notable individuals, as the country combats the Coronavirus pandemic.
Notable and wealthy members of the public who have made humanitarian contributions include; Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu (BUA sugar refinery limited), Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje (Guaranty trust bank), Aliko Dangote, Former Vice President of Nigeria; H.E. Atiku Abubakar, Tony Elumelu, Modupe and Folorunsho Alakija (Famfa Oil), Oba Otedeko (First bank), Mike Adenuga, Jim Ovia (Zenith bank), Raj Gupta, John Coumantatous, Flood relief fund, MTN Nigeria, and the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC. Each of these above-mentioned people donated 1 billion naira to the government to help curtail the spread of the virus. The United Bank for Africa (UBA) also made a donation of 5 billion Naira to provide beds for isolation centers and intensive care unit facilities. These contributions are expected to assist the Federal Government of Nigeria in the ongoing fight against the COVID 19 pandemics.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE HUMANITARIAN CONTRIBUTIONS BY GIVING PALLIATIVES DURING THE COVID 19 LOCKDOWN
- ActionAid Nigeria (AAN): The empowerment and prosperity of women program have donated palliatives during the lockdown to Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, and Abuja states to women and children. The total target beneficiaries are about 300 in the FCT, 250 in Kaduna, 200 in Lagos, and 250 in Akwa Ibom state, a total of 1000 women-headed households only. The distribution was part of the efforts to subdue the effects of hunger which has become inevitable due to the imposed lockdown by the government. Each household is given goods worth N9,000 to N12,000 depending on the cost of purchasing the palliatives in the states.
- The Ghetto Library Foundation: this foundation is targeted at children to get them some basic food items, soap for handwashing and books for the children to keep them occupied during the lockdown period.
- Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society: this has distributed cash to all its members nationwide to cushion the hunger to those affected by the lockdown. The national Imam of the group, Fuad Adeyemi, said the palliatives were made through bank accounts to ensure that they do not violate the lockdown instructions. The group has also distributed raw food materials to its members.
- Neoalla Foundation: the Neoalla foundation with its CEO, Seyi Tinubu, and his Wife, Layal Tinubu has partnered with FoodClique to support the fight against hunger amid the COVID 19 pandemics. The food initiative has distributed over 10,000 meal packs consisting of rice, pasta, salt, sugar, garri and semo, and other important food items. The food items have been shared with the most vulnerable areas across Lagos and its environs. The foundation has gotten support from various companies in Nigeria to be able to pull this through and some of them include; Aquafina, Elalan construction, Mikano, BUA Group, Vava Furnitures, YBNL, Dbanj Cream Platform, Shoprite, Eric Kayser Nigeria, Nestle, Maggi, Swan Mosquito Coils amongst others.
- Anthony Joshua: the boxing legend has also reached out to some communities in Nigeria by donating food items amid the COVID 19 pandemic.
- Seun Adebajo: launched the People’s Food Bank and has fed over 3000 people and more daily. He and his team provide cooked and raw food items to the less privileged affected by hunger in this period
- Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W: the pop singer who currently runs a food bank in the Lekki area of Lagos has also distributed food items to the poorest households during the lockdown.
Since the uplifting of the lockdown restrictions in the country, new guidelines have been put in place to control the incessant control of the deadly virus. Interstate travel restrictions have been put in place as no one is allowed to leave any state they are in currently. Only food items can be transported during this period to enable food to be in surplus, as that is the major concern during this crisis. Also, travel restrictions have been placed on all international airports and seaports until further notice. Curfews have also been imposed from certain times of the day and markets also have days in which they are allowed to operate, no church, mosque, or any social gatherings allowed. The wearing of cloth face masks was made compulsory.
Curtailing the spread of the COVID 19 virus is one thing and hunger is another thing and presently the major problem faced by the whole country. Most families and individuals are coming out to help salvage this crisis by distributing palliatives to support what the government is already handing out its citizens. Wealthy individuals have set up various food banks where raw and cooked food are handed out on a daily basis to poor Nigerians who are in need of help. While we await the cure for the coronavirus, it is then eminent to salvage the deadly virus; which is hunger.