The People of Ogori Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi State have showered encomium on two Non-Governmental organization, Victims Support Fund, (VSF) and Challenged Parenthood Initiative, (CPI) for distributing food items worth millions of naira to cushion the effect of Covid-19 on vulnerable people in the area.

 

The people who came in their numbers to receive the food items thanked VSF and CPI for their consistency towards ameliorating the suffering of the masses.

According to them, the food items are coming at a time when the Country is facing serious economic hardship as many families find it difficult to feed themselves.

Speaking on this humanitarian gesture, the Olumagongo of Magongo land HRM Obin Sam Bola Ojo while commending the two organizations for bringing succors to his People stressed the need individuals to always give back to the society.

He maintained that Government alone can’t satisfy the people hence the need for public spirited individuals to contribute their own quota towards the development of the society.

Ojo, however, admonished government at all level to bring in policies that will help alleviate poverty in the country.

”We need a policy that will help alleviate the suffering of old Men and Women, physically Challenge and many more. This is what is obtainable in advance Countries. We can emulate that by doing the needful so that our vulnerable people in the society will not suffer” he said.

Speaking earlier on the distribution of the phase IV VSF Covid-19 intervention to vulnerable population in Ogori Magongo Local Government, the Executive Director of CPI Eunice Abimbola Agbogun said the Nigeria Foundation for Support of Victims of Terrorism — Victim Support Fund (VSF) is a programme sponsored by a non governmental organization that provides interventions to support victims who have been affected by terrorism and other form of calamity like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agbogun explained that, the emergency support programme is aimed to strengthen food supply to vulnerable households in Kogi State that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She stated that, since the advent of COVID-19, CPI, including other non governmental organisations have rolled out different kinds of intervention programmes to help alleviate the health, social and economic hardship caused by COVID-19 pandemic on citizens of Kogi State, especially the vulnerable groups.

Continuing she said, “This COVID-19 palliative is not a government project. It is funded by Victim Support Fund, a non governmental organisation and CPI is on the lead to profile and deliver the food items to the vulnerable groups in selected communities in Lokoja and Ogori-Magongo LGA.

The Chairman of the Victims Support Fund Committee, General TY Danjuma (Rtd), had on the 30th of March 2020, set up a Taskforce to drive VSF intervention on the Coronavirus pandemic. The taskforce was charged with the mandate to design interventions that will directly contribute to the Federal Government’s prevention and mitigation strategy, which has been through the provision of food support to vulnerable families/households as palliative measures.

“Having successfully implemented her phases 1- 3 interventions in 29 States and the FCT through the provision of food palliatives, medical consumables, personal protective equipment; water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and institutional supports of various degrees; the need for a national coverage/focus on its interventions has therefore necessitated phase IV of the COVID-19 intervention”.

It could be recall that two local Government Lokoja and Ogori Magongo benefitted from the palliatives distributed by VSF in collaboration with CPI.

The 250 bags palliatives distributed to the two Local Government Rice (10kg,) Beans (5kg,) Garri (7.5kg,) Vegetable Oil (2.75 Litres) and Salt (2kg) all in branded VSF bags and container.

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