The Federal Government has commenced the distribution of relief materials to orphanage homes in the FCT.
The Minster of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management, and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya-Umar Farouq while presenting the items at the Anawin homes in Gwagwalada area Council of the FCT appealed to Nigerians to initiate interventions that would focus on the vulnerable.
” As Africans we know that it takes a village to raise a child, so by joining you today, we are forming a village of the concerned who are coming together in solidatority to show love and support to a key segment of our vulnerable population’’
Represented by her Special Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs, Alhaji Musa Bungudu, Hajiya Sadiya said twenty five orphanage homes have been targeted in the FCT for the exercise and would be replicated in the other states of the Federation.
“We have identified through consultation with homes, NGOs and CSOs, 25 orphanages which will be impacted by this intervention. 5 of those are present here and they include’’ the Shining Star Orphanage, Lugbe; Halal Children’s Home, Lugbe; Good Shepherd Orphanage, Kwali and Alansar Home, Kuje.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented economic crisis to many families, so we have to do our best to intervene, following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari. 25 orphanage homes in the FCT will share 500 bags of rice and the other items on ground here, starting with the five orphanage homes here.
“This is a flag off that will be replicated in other parts of the country with due time, so I am grateful to the NGOs and CSOs that have been assisting us in the intervention exercise. Working together, we will overcome this pandemic.
The coordinator of Anawim Home Gwagwalada, Rev. Sis. Oresoa Selo-Ojeme, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for showing concern to the vulnerable groups in the society.
“For the past two months, we have been locked down. However, different people have been visiting us to take care of the more than 80 children we have here. Nevertheless, I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the Humanitarian Affairs ministry to intervene in the lives of Nigerians. We are grateful for this visit and the palliatives”.