The federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in collaboration with Diana Legacy Children Choir (DLCC61), plans to provide food for 97,000 underprivileged children.
The feeding is aimed at marking Princess Diana’s Day scheduled for July 1.
The late Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961 and died on Aug 31, 1997 at the age of 36.
Diana will be commemorated by her sons, Princes William and Harry, on the event of her 60th birthday anniversary on July 1.
She used her celebrity status to aid numerous charitable causes, supporting causes as diverse as the arts, children’s issues and AIDS patients during her lifetime.
She often visited hospitals, shelters and orphanages alongside her children to acquaint them with the world outside royal privilege.
Diana’s compassion, personal warmth, humility and accessibility earned her the sobriquet, “the People’s Princess’’.
Sadiya Farouq, the Humanitarian Affairs Minister said the event was part of the ministry’s collaborative efforts aimed at ensuring effective provision and coordination of humanitarian interventions in Nigeria.
She said that the ministry was happy to collaborate with DLCC16 and looked forward to more partnerships with other organisations on humanitarian endeavours.
“As a ministry, we are committed to developing humanitarian policies, providing effective coordination for national and international humanitarian programmes, as well as interventions such as this in the country.
“We are, indeed very excited to collaborate with DLCC61 on this lofty project.
“We also extend further relationships to work with organisations who are committed to humanitarian services, including online and offline media organisations as partners for a wider and global reach,’’ Farouq said.
Nonso Uchendu, the co-convener/creative director, DLCC61 said that the July 1 exercise is in collaboration with the ministry and other sponsors like EFAB Group.
Others sponsors, according to him, are Heritage Africa, Starview Palace Hotel and the Late Maryam Babangida’s Better Life Programme.
Uchendu who is an experienced event mobiliser, having been part of world class events such as the London 2012 Olympic, the 2011 UEFA Champions League and top level concerts at London Wembley stadium, said that provision of 97,000 meals for the less privileged children was a way of connecting with Princess Diana’s legacy.
“We are determined to connect with Princess Diana’s legacy on humanitarian services, love for children, helping the poor and also to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
“We are joining Princes William and Harry to commemorate Diana’s 60th birthday anniversary on July 1.
“We will also use the event to pay tribute to the COVID-19 dead around the world,’’ he said.
The programme is scheduled to hold at the Heritage Africa Village Square by NAF Centre, Abuja.