By: Bombo Dauda
The Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, shared palliatives worth millions of naira to the most vulnerable members of the society, those worst hit by the devastating effect of the lockdown as a result of the deadly Corona Virus pandemic.
The National President of the union, Comrade Jonathan Asake, said, every beneficiary of the palliative got 5 measures of Rice, 5 measures of Beans, 4 Macoroni, a carton of Indomie, face mask and hand sanitizer. Including four 50kg of Rice, one bag of 100 measures of Beans, Ten cartons of Indomie, Three cartons of Macoroni, which were donated to Mercy Angels Orphanage being operated by the Restoration Bible Church.
And that, the package would have been much more than what each beneficiary got if the 444 bags of corn flower the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara donated arrived before the commencement of the distribution.
According to Asake, The palliative became necessary given the enormousity of the lockdown. “SOKAPU have observed that due to the lockdown people are suffering from food shortages and other forms of hardship.
“Many people in our communities are living on daily basis and now that there is a lockdown they can no longer go out and fend for themselves. This is why we set up a committee, which is chaired by the former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentian Laraba Mallam and called on our members to donate so that we can have the resources that will enable us purchase the food items and hygiene essentials that will help in ameliorating the suffering of the people and protect people from being infested by the virus, respectively.
“And what SOKAPU is doing is to compliment the effort of government, corperate organizations, faith-based organisations, Civil Society Organizations, NGOs and wealthy individuals in providing palliatives to the most vulnerable people,” has said.
Asake reiterated the commitment of SOKAPU in continuing with the kind gesture if donation keeps coming. “We have started with about 200 people and we will continue do so if we continue to get donations from people. SOKAPU intend to also reach out to orphanages, Internally Displace People as a result of perennial clashes and the invasion of our communities.”
Asake and Mrs. Laurentian thanked all the donours for their sacrifices and pray that God will bless them and replenish them for remembering the most vulnerable at the time of need.
A beneficiary, Mrs. Esther Dapo, mother of 4 who spoke in a fragile English, said, she is overwhelmed with joy because since the pandemic started feeding her family has been a problem. Saying,
her husband is jobless and her petty trading is not sufficient to cater for the family’s needs. “This food given to us by this people is a miracle, ” she said. She prayed that God will bless SOKAPU for their good deeds.