BiodunandIbikunle Foundation to provide food supplies to 2,000 Lagosians
For the past couple of months, the whole world has been gripped in the throes of a horrible pandemic, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). What started from one city in China, has now spread to 210 countries, with over 2,000,000 infections globally. Nigeria is not left out, as there are currently 407 confirmed cases of the virus at the time this piece is being written.
In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, the federal government of Nigeria declared an initial fourteen days lockdown effective from March 31st, in three states of the federation namely Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. On April 13, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a further 14 days lockdown. With the lockdown, schools are shut, vehicular and human movement are heavily restricted, employees cannot go to work, petty traders and other small and micro-entrepreneurs whose businesses are done offline cannot do business, in essence, a total slowdown of the economy. What this means is that hunger and crime are on the increase.
As an organisation committed to empowering people in our community, we felt it was important that we not keep quiet at this time. We know we can do nothing about the increase in crime rate, that is better left for the various security outfits. But we can definitely do something about hunger.
Which is why we came up with a COVID-19 Intervention plan.
We plan to provide food and other household supplies to 2,000 Lagosians. With the help of our partners, the supplies will be taken to public, secure spaces like schools and churches in selected communities and distributed to interested individuals. We believe that doing this, while not curbing hunger in total, will mitigate the effect of this economic lockdown on the 2,000 Lagosians who benefit from it.
Interested persons who want to know the schedule for supplies distribution should please follow our social media handles. Instagram and Facebook: @biodunandibikunle
President, BiodunandIbikunle Foundation