Disturbed by the suffering of some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), due to the current lockdown, the senior special assistant to the president on Social Investment Programmes (SIP), Barr Ismaeel Ahmed has donated 100 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 2.5kg beans, vegetable oil and packs of indomie noodle to residents of Unguwan Gade community in Kuje area council.
Presenting the items to the community yesterday, Ahmed explained that the donations were made from his personal resources, with the support from other aides of the President, Vice President, Senate President and the Speaker of House of Representatives, including members of Buhari New Media Centre and the All Progressives Congress Youth Forum (APCYF).
He added that the aides felt the strong need to collaborate and pool resources together and to donate the food items to the communities and the families in need, given the suffering of the people, due to the current lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.
“We understand that a lot of families would be hit hard by this lockdown, specially those who live in the outskirts of Abuja. A lot of non-essential and small business staff who live on the outskirts of the FCT depends on daily economic activities to survive.
A lockdown for them means that there is no income, and there is no food. This is why we pooled our resources together to distribute food to these particular persons who would be affected by the lockdown,” Ahmed explained.
The presidential aide further noted that the donations are targeted at artisans, labourers, the aged and elderly, physically challenged, widows and single parents, adding that the donation would also be extended to other communities in the FCT.