Most Rev Michael Gokum, the Catholic Bishop of Pankshin Diocese, has donated food items to 500 vulnerable families in Plateau to cushion the hardships occasioned by the advent of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Pankshin Catholic Diocese houses all the local government areas in the Central Senatorial Zone of Plateau.
The Bishop said the donation is one of the social functions of the church, adding that meeting the needs of the poor and less privileged ones in hard times is one of the cardinal duties of the Catholic Church.
Audu noted that the items would be distributed to identify poor people, devoid of religious or ethnic affiliations.
He further lamented that the advent of covid-19 has thrown the world into serious confusion and inflicted hardships on the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable ones.
“The whole world is in difficult times because of the novel coronavirus; the economic hardships occasioned by the advent of disease is biting, particularly on the poor.
“This is why the diocese, through its social arm, the JDPC, decided to support 500 vulnerable households in Plateau with some food items.
“We cannot give to all, and we don’t have everything to give, this is why we are giving the little we have in order to help these poor ones with something to earn a living.
“These items are not just for Catholics or Christians alone, but everybody deviod of religious beliefs and ethnicity. We don’t segregate in Catholic Church,” Gokum said.
The bishop called on spirited individuals and groups to compliment government’s efforts in providing succour to the poor in these difficult times.
He called on the people to pray for the end of the pandemic and advised Nigerians to obey government’s safety directives aimed at containing the spread of the dreaded disease.
Gokum thanked the management of JDPC for the initiative and urged them to do more for humanity’s sake
He explained that the beneficiaries were drawn from Bokkos, Mangu, Kanke, Kanam and Pankshin local government areas
NAN also reports that items distributed include bags of rice and beans.
Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)