A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ebony Media Concepts on Sunday distributed COVID-19/Ramadan palliatives to over 500 households in Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The Chairman of the Foundation, Omooba Qudus Adewole, told journalists in Lagos Island that the palliatives were to cushion the hardship of the COVID-19 lockdown on beneficiaries.
He said that the palliative was also a way to assuage the sufferings of the masses, particularly in the month of Ramadan.
He, however, noted that distribution of palliatives in Lagos Island East LCDA and Lagos Island Local Government areas were not based on partisan interests.
Omooba Qudus Adewole, who led a team to ensure effective distribution of the palliatives, said that no fewer than 500 households benefited from the gestures.
“The beneficiaries comprised of widows, widowers and less privileged in the society. This package was structured to coincide with the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan,” said Adewole.
Adewole however urged residents of Lagos Island Local Government, where the items were distributed in general, to abide by the stay-at-home order. He also urged them to maintain personal and public hygiene as well as maintain social distancing ordered by the government so as to curb the spread of the virus.
He further stressed that the best way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 was by adhering to directives of medical experts.
“Our Foundation is set out to be a front runner in humanitarian activities as well as making life meaningful for the less privileged irrespective of their political, religious and social affiliations in the society.
“Our mission is clear and with the support of God, we are gradually achieving our goals of bridging the wide gaps between the poor and the rich. Majorly, this intervention programme will go a long way in providing reliefs to our brothers and sisters, young and old during this COVID-19 lockdown,” he said.
Omooba Qudus Adewole, however, commended and appreciate the sponsors and other philanthropists for their efforts in the distribution of palliatives to the people.
One of the beneficiaries, a 59-year-old woman and a trader, Alhaja Halimat, thanked the foundation and prayed that God would continue to bless them.
Another beneficiary, a 50-year-old woman, who is a trader, while applauding the Foundation, advised other philanthropists to do same.
A 55-year-old woman, Aisha Afolabi, also thanked the foundation for the palliative and prayed for the sponsor and the philanthropists who make sure the distribution is realized.
The Journalist present at the event reports that items distributed were jollof rice, and chicken, drinks, hand sanitizers and face masks.