The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Saturday 4th July, 2020 distributed palliatives to 540 Persons With Disabilities, in Kwali Area Council, Abuja.
The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, speaking at the event through her Special Assistant on Disability Matters, Hon. Danjuma Attah, stated that the distribution of the palliatives is a continuation of the Federal Government effort of Covid19 outreach to the Persons with disabilities which was flagged off on the 9th of May 2020 at Karmajiji disabled community.
Stating that the exercise is in line with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari to ease the effect of Covid19 lockdown on the vulnerable persons which includes the Persons With Disabilities.
Speaking further, he encouraged persons with disabilities to participate fully in the ongoing N-power registration, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the inclusion and special consideration for the People With Disabilities in the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
The host, Chairman Kwali Area Council, Hon. Danladi Chiya who was represented by the Kwali Area Council Permanent Secretary, Mallam Bako Pai expressed their gratitude to the Federal Government for the kind gesture. He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been doing well in supporting the vulnerable especially persons with disabilities in this Covid-19 lockdown. Adding that this items will go a long way in supporting the livelihood of the beneficiaries during this period.
The beneficiaries were elated by the gesture from the federal government describing it as life saving gesture. Speaking through their Chairman, Mr. Festus Yakubu(blind), they thank God for what happened because it will go a long way to cushion the economic effect of the lockdown on them.
540 bags of palliatives each containing; 5kg vegetable oil, 10kg of rice, 5kg of semovita, 10pcs of spaghetti, 1 carton of Indomie, and 1 wrapper, were distributed to 540 beneficiaries.