Erin Jogun Ola Life Foundation for Community Development, an NGO, has donated foodstuffs to 500 persons with disabilities and the elderly in Idi omo, Isale-Eko, to relieve effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Founder of the initiative, Mr Falade Oyekan, told the Nigeria News Agency that the donation was part of the organisation’s support to residents in the community during the lockdown.
Oyekan said the organisation would on Friday continue with the distribution of food items to 500 people below 60 years of age and to 1,000 children in the area.
Accoding to him, the idea is to provide assistance to people in every age group in the community, including persons with disability as they comply with the stay-at-home order of the government.
“We are aware that it has not been easy for many people to sustain themselves during this lockdown period.
“That is why our organisation is doing its bit by providing food items to members of the community that would last them for some days as the lockdown continues.
“Today, we distributed to 500 people who are above 60 years of age.
“On Friday, we will continue with the distribution to another 500 people who are below 60 years of age and to 1,000 children.
“Considering the number of people involved, the distribution will be done in line with the health guidelines as was done today,” he said.
Items distributed included rice, garri, bread, sugar, tomato paste, spaghetti, salt, maggi, and beverages.
Oyekan also urged residents to endure and stick with the stay-at-home directive as well as observe social distancing to safeguard lives.
He also advised them to adhere strictly to the global health guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation.
`A lot of people still believe the coronavirus does not exist. People should stop living in denial and not joke with their lives.
“The lockdown is not meant to punish us, but for our good.
“Although, it might be difficult and boring staying at home, we should try our best to adhere to the restriction order to protect our lives.
“Our prayer is that none of us would be consumed by the virus but it is always good to play safe than regret
actions later,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Emmanuel Yashim