Some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Obalende/Ikoyi Local Government Area of Lagos State, have donated palliatives to some less privileged in cushioning the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corps members distributed food items like: cassava flakes (garri), beans, rice, and noodles to no fewer than 210 people in their host community.
Mr Afolabi Babatunde, who spoke on behalf of the corps members, told NAN that they came together and task themselves on how to support indigent people in their host community.
Babatunde said that they also enlightened the community on how to adhere to the precautionary measures, like the use of face masks and social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are doing this because we care for our host community.
“We understand the challenges they are facing, especially those who cannot afford the three square meals.
“We may not be able to give everybody, but with the little we give, we know the community will appreciate it,’’ Babatunde told NAN.
Also, Mr Fuad Atanda-Lawal, Chairman, Obalende/Ikoyi Local Government, at the presentation, commended the corps members for their gesture, describing them as heroes of the community.
Atanda-Lawal, represented by the council Vice-Chairman, Mr Kabiru Ogundimu, urged corporate bodies and private individuals to emulate the corps members in reaching out to the less privileged.
“I am very proud of our corps members, indeed they are true heroes of our nation, this is what we expect from other well to do Nigerians.
“At this time of the challenges caused by the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, people need to come together to show how much they care and love their communities,’’ Ogundimu said.
The NYSC Coordinator in Lagos, Mr Eddy Megwa, said he was proud about the efforts of the corps members in their responses to curb the spread Coronavirus through sensitisation and reaching out to indigents people.
Megwa said: “Indeed they have shown how their training is bringing out the best in them, especially as a symbol of national unity.
“It is a remarkable initiative; we are proud of our corps members all over the nation.
“Indeed, they have shown the nation one of the ways of preaching national peace and unity.
“We want to say thank you to the community for coming out to receive the palliatives and most importantly for supporting us with shelter and proving jobs for us.’’
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)