- Some Nigerians have begun to benefit from the federal government's social intervention- getting cash directly as the lockdown continues
- But critics say, and rightly so, that not every segment of the society has been reached
- Kids in orphanages have no one to speak up for them at a time like this, but a politician has reached ut to them
A former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ned Nwoko and his wife, Regina Daniels, a popular Nollywood actress, have reached out to orphaned children in Abuja as the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Nwoko, a popular politician and humanitarian, alongside his wife, visited three orphanages in the Federal Capital Territory where they donated foodstuff and cash.
Items donated include bags of rice, gari, detergent, spaghetti, vegetable oil, noodles, beverages, napkins, toiletries among others.
The orphanages visited are Destined Children's Orphanage in Kado, Heritage Home Orphanage in Gwarinpa and Hope for Survival Orphanage in Maitama Extension.
While the first two orphanages were promised a monthly subvention of N500,000 by Nwoko, the third orphanage was given N1million on the spot as a result of more number of kids in the facility totalling 69.
“This reality of the current lockdown is that many are going to bed hungry every night- but not these babies, not these kids.
“They will have something to eat tonight and beyond the lockdown,” Nwoko told journalists after donating the items.
Legit.ng gathered that the politician currently oversees a thriving non-governmental organisation named after him.
A message on the foundation's website says it is committed to working in synergy with concerned national, international and multilateral organizations as well as governments and private individuals towards achieving its goals of rendering support and services to the needy, the society and humanity at large.
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Similarly, the senior special assistant to the president on social investment programmes, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed has led a collective effort of other political aides to set up a food pantry to distribute food to households affected by the lockdown in and around Abuja.
The aides are that of the president, vice president, Senate president and speaker alongside members of the Buhari New Media Centre, the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum (APYF), and other well-meaning young people.
On Wednesday, April 8, Ahmed led the entourage to Unguwan Gade in Kuje area council in the FCT, where they donated 100 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 2.5kg bags of beans, vegetable oil and packs of noodles to a hundred households in the community.
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