As part of efforts to alleviate the hardships being experienced as the COVID-19 ravages, a non governmental organization, the Centre for Gender and Cultural Development(CGCD) has distributed palliatives worth millions of Naira to women, especially widows in Agbado/Oke Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The items distributed to over 500 women include rice, beans,tomato pastes, Garri, Vegetable oil among others.
Executive Director of the NGO, Ayoola Ogunjobi stated that African women had suffered untold hardship from the Corona virus pandemic.
According to her, women are the worst hit by the pandemic because they make up the poorest and most vulnerable members of the society who should be catered for.
Ogunjobi said there was the need to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the real people who cannot afford to feed properly.
“So, the Centre needed to provide palliative to mitigate the debilitating impact of COVID-19, a gesture like this at this critical time, is necessary to be there for the poor and the needy,
“Women in Lagos , being one of the largest cities in Africa , constituted the focal point of the Centre, in realising this, the centre is touched and moved to do this in order to see that women especially widows are taken care of,” Ayoola said.
The Executive Director of the Centre , however, implored women to demonstrate a high degree of compliance by regularly washing their hands , maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks.
Stephen Orowole, the Director of Programs and Logistics of the Centre and coordinator of the relief package said another palliative will soon be distributed to include men.
Orowole said the gesture was to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 on the vulnerable saying many people presently lacked the funds to cater for their basic needs especially to feed.
He however urged all Nigerians to respect the protocol of the coronavirus such as social distance, regular hand washing, use of face masks and staying at home order so as to eradicate the scourge.
Also, Elizabeth Ojebiyi, a coordinator said the distribution of the stimulus was to put smiles on the faces of many people who are finding it difficult to feed as a result of the pandemic.
According to her, we all know what is going on in the country and all over the world,so the gesture to make some people happy and put food on their tables.
Some of the beneficiaries thanked the NGO, saying that the items they got will go a long way to cushion the effect of the COVID-19.