As part of its own contributions in curbing the covid-19 pandemic which is currently bedeviling the world, the IHS has partnered with International Red Cross association to give relief materials to vulnerable and less privilege Nigerians during the lock down.
The Chairman of the Red Cross organization in Ogun state, Prince Joseph Keke Obalanlege,
while speaking with newsmen before the distribution commenced, said that, ‘IHS, an international organization has deemed it fit to give
some palliatives in form of relief materials to the less privilege, vulnerable, pregnant women, and physically challenged in Ogun state as a result of the covid-19 lockdown’.
He said that IHS is not part of Red Cross and that it only partnered with Red Cross organisation to put smiles on the faces of common men in the country, especially at this crucial time.
Adding that about 250 households in Aseyori community have been identified to benefit from the relief materials which comprises of 10kg of rice, 5kg of beans, 5kg of garri, indomie, maggi source, vegetable oil and some other basic food items.
Speaking on the federal government’s policy which returns Nigerians to work through gradual easing of the lockdown, he said that, though the policy isn’t the best thing to do at this time, but Nigerians needed to go out in order to fend for themselves. He advised Nigerians to obey the rules of NCDC as it may prevent the escalation of the covid-19 pandemic.
In an interview with VOA News correspondent, Mr Aboyade Oluwole Olagoke, the Secretary of Red Cross organization in Ogun state,
said that the beneficiary community, Aseyori was randomly selected by the organization from Abuja through a map and that only six local governments in Ogun state, which Ado-Odo/Ota is part of and Aseyori community got selected from, benefited from the relief materials.
While commending the efforts of the federal government and NCDC, he said that if not for the swift response of the federal government and the resilience of the NCDC, things would have gone from bad to worse. He also commended Nigerians for abiding by the NCDC rules in combating the covid-19 pandemic.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ogundare, who spoke with VOA News correspondent on behalf of others,
lauded the humanitarian gesture the IHS and Red Cross extended to them as such was needed at this time that they could nearly put food on their tables.
The state’s community Public Relations Officer and Treasurer, Ado-Odo/Ota zonal CDC, Prince Bayo Odefusi in an interview with our correspondent, expressed his happiness for the palliatives. “I am the most happiest person today. For choosing my domain as one of the beneficiaries of IHS/Red Cross palliative program, I feel very happy”.
He exonerated Nigerian government and its citizens from the blame of covid-19 pandemic in that it is a natural disaster which could happen to anyone at any time. He commended the efforts of the federal government and some corporate and voluntary organizations for deeming it fit to remember the common men.
Another chieftain in the community, Chief Sunday Akintoye, who is the Atunluse of Egushi land, shared the sentiment of Prince Bayo Odefusi.