Segun Kasali | Lagos
An arm of Christ Embassy, Inner-City Mission for children, has donated food items and other palliatives to the Lagos State government in order to help cushion the effect of coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The Inner-City Mission for children is a non-governmental organisation under the auspices of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International with a Consultative Status with the United Nations.
Speaking during the donation, the director of the mission, Pastor Omo Alabi, said that the effect of the pandemic and its consequent lockdown approach of the state was far-reaching; hence, the need to support the Lagos State government in providing for the poor.
Alabi added that the vulnerable are not only faced with the crisis of the pandemic but also the crisis of hunger.
“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 disadvantaged in the society who already lack access to stable livelihood, food security, sanitary essentials, and other basic needs.
“Most of these 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.
“We recognize the efforts of the Lagos State government in providing for those most disadvantaged by the situation. However, with an estimated population of over 20 million people, we know that the government needs all the support they can get.
“Already, there have been reports of a spate of robberies in different parts of the state with citizens having to defend themselves against those who say hunger has pushed them into crime.
“This is why we are partnering with the Lagos State government to distribute the much needed food items contributing to the government’s response plan.” Pastor Alabi said.
She explained that the Mission’s Emergency Food Response targets vulnerable children, households and communities to help them cushion the effects of the government’s stay-at-home directive.
The Director described the mission’s Emergency relief packages as contained lifesaving food supplies and hygiene kits required to curb the spread of the Covid19 virus.
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