A non-governmental organisation under the auspices of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International, The NGO which is known as InnerCity Mission for Children have donated food items to the Lagos State Government to help reduce the effects of hardship on the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
The Director of the NGO, Mrs Omo Alabi, said the organisation would also help the state government in the distribution of the food items, targeting vulnerable children, households, and communities.
She also said, “The rapid spread of COVID-19 is a global crisis that cannot be ignored. Businesses have shut down. Livelihoods have been affected. Many have lost their jobs. However, for the poor and vulnerable who already face food insecurity and struggle to survive daily, this is a crisis within a crisis. “In Nigeria, Lagos State has recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Although with good intentions, the compulsory lockdown mandated by the government has the potential to disproportionately hurt the vulnerable and the disadvantaged in the society, who already lack access to stable livelihood, food security, and other basic needs. Most of these people survive through their daily means of sustenance which has now been taken away by the lockdown.
“While the measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of the virus are commendable, we must remember that for the needy, even as they run from the invisible enemy outside, they have to face another enemy at home-hunger.”
Receiving the relief materials on behalf of the Lagos State Government, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, commended the Innercity Mission for Children for the gesture.