Connect with us

General news

COVID-19: Union donates cash to aged, widows, disables, others in Kwara

Published

on

COVID-19: Union donates cash to aged, widows, disables, others in Kwara


The Offa Descendants Union in United Kingdom (ODUUK) on Thursday donated cash to 500 beneficiaries in Offa, to cushion the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the community.

Mr Biodun Badmus, the ODUUK President, disclosed this at the 3-day disbursement exercise, tagged: ”ODUUK COVID-19 Palliatives, Offa Stimulus Relief Package”.

Badmus said that the gesture was aimed at helping the beneficiaries amidst the impact of COVID-19 lockdown.

He said the three days disbursement was in association with Offa Descendants Union (ODU) and Ibolo Microfinance Bank in Offa.

Badmus, who was represented by Alhaji Gbadamosi Adeniran, the Relief Package Sub-Committee Chairman, said the members were giving back to the society through the donations in spite of difficulties associated with COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the exercise was devoid of any political attachment and that the beneficiaries were carefully selected to achieve the desired objectives and ensure targeted audience were reached.

”The selection of the beneficiaries was thoroughly executed with the help of the traditional rulers within each district to avoid being hijacked for political gains.

“Even in such areas we noticed large concentration of beneficiaries within a particular compound we had to order for proper re-selection to reflect our aims and objectives.”

The president praised members of the union for contributing generously toward making the exercise a huge success in spite COVID-19 negative impact.

He commended the ODU executive, management of Ibolo Microfinance Bank for their support as well as members of the relief package sub-committee for a job well done.

Badmus said the donation was just a tip of the iceberg in addition to the annual healthcare empowerment initiative for indigents, promising that such interventions would be sustained as the need arises.

“I want to use this opportunity to appreciate our members resident in UK for their generousity and commitment to community service and service to humanity.

“Also recognised are members of the relief sub-committee for their dedication and perseverance in seeing the exercise to its positive logical conclusion,” he said.

The ODUUK boss urged the beneficiaries to ensure the judicious use of the largesse and also ensure full adherence and compliance with various measures towards curbing the community spread of the deadly virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria also reports that the exercise, which was in two-phases, cut across the five districts in the community and attracted the aged, widows, widowers, disable persons, helpless retirees and those with noticeable health challenges.

Beneficiaries with valid bank accounts had their donation of N2,500 sent directly to their individual accounts during the first phase, while those without accounts had theirs presented to them in cash.

The beneficiaries, with equal consideration for both Muslims and Christians, were in batches so as to conform with the physical distancing of COVID-19 regulations.

NAN further reports that the breakdown of the disbursement showed that 435 of the beneficiaries had their money sent to their respective bank accounts, while 65 others received theirs in person.

Mrs Ajarat Sanni and Mr Raji Adebayo, both beneficiaries, thanked the union for its generousity, describing the intervention as beneficial, timely and a big relief.

Contributing, Malam Maruf Ajenifunja, the ODU National Public Relations Officer, said ODUUK was at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, adding that such gesture deserved adequate recognition and commendation.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

Olayinka Owolewa: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Andreescu will not defend United States Open title Serena beats Venus to reach Lexington quarter-finals Gov. Umahi rejects Ebonyi’s transfer to Police Zone 13 Division UN Chief welcomes Israel, UAE peace agreement Caretaker committee promises better times for Anambra football stakeholders, unveils new FA secretariat NAPHER-SD identifies loopholes in sports industry policy draft, calls for review COVID-19: PTF working with partners to implement comprehensive response to virus How I survived COVID-19 — Foreign Affairs Minister Leipzig stun Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League last four Workshop identifies harmful impacts of Global Gag Rule on developing nations Okei-Odumakin mourns former US Ambassador, Walter Carrington Nollywood: Censors Board, stakeholders hold roundtable on policy for release of films Not the right time for me to return to Barca as coach, Xavi says Anambra monarchs protest suspension, say “nothing warrants it” Edo Election: Ize-Iyamu promises to harness solid minerals in Akoko-Edo COVID-19: Commission refunds 2020 Hajj intending pilgrims in Adamawa Edo 2020: Crowds at rallies thrill Shaibu Board decries increase in maternal, newborn mortality in Plateau FG will prosecute destroyers of Akanu Ibiam Int’l Airport fence – Minister   IPAC dissolves interim committee, fixes  Sept. 5 for election NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery activities Friday to Sunday Nigeria’s low COVID-19 cases due to low sample collection — NCDC Members pass vote of confidence in ALGON president, Kolade Alabi Osinbajo advocates purpose-built software for virtual court proceedings Oyo govt. to spend N5.5bn to remodel Salami Stadium Resurgence of COVID-19 on health workers worrisome — Minister NGO empowers 40 rehabilitated youths in Kwara LASG gives cash donation to victims of rainstorm in Badagry Left Handers Day: We are blessed, intelligent – Jos left handers Monarchs laud Buhari’s developmental efforts in South East UNnilag VC position not vacant – workers unions 684 evacuees test positive to COVID-19 — PTF FG begins reform of Calabar, Kano special economic zones PenCom mulls contributors RSA transfer window -Official Lagos Police College, LASCODA partner to promote coconut development MTN Nigeria lifts NSE market indices further by 0.38% Christian group urges FG to end banditry, kidnapping, others CAN announces intercessory prayer session over insecurity in Nigeria Banditry in Katsina will soon fizzle out – Sen. Barkiya TETFUND could perform well with available resources – Minister Gov. Diri urges Agip to relocate to Bayelsa Abia needs competent leaders, not zoning — Otti ActionAid Nigeria urges small-holder women farmers on NAIC facilities UK, Nigeria partner on regulatory reforms on right of way 38,000 vulnerable households to benefit from CACOVID relief items in Zamfara    FG inaugurates team on digital innovation for improved service delivery  Be transformational leaders, President, Nigeria Baptist Convention charges new board members Senate committees begins scrutiny, consideration of 2021-2023 MTEF, FSP document How to further boost Nigeria’s GDP — Onu Minister lauds FCTA press corps over accurate reportage, professional conduct