The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), on Sunday, distributed food items to more than 200 people in Ilorin, as palliative a measure to the effect of the sit-at-home directive in Kwara.
The distribution of the items, according to the President of the association, Alhaji Babatunde Salaudeen, was in line with the organisation’s emergency food response on COVID-19.
“We deemed it fit to assist our people in this crisis period because the people of the emirate have complied with the sit-at-home directive of the government, which is aimed at guiding against the spread of COVID-19.
“Our people need assistance because many live from hand to mouth, and since they are not going out, we must provide for them so that they can have something to eat while at home,” he said.
The president explained that the objective of the association was to cater for the welfare of the people of the emirate.
Salaudeen commended the well-meaning individuals and philanthropists in the society who had provided the association with the foods, urging others to emulate their gesture.
He said that the foods were distributed in compliance with the social distancing directive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“We have taken it to them because we want to do it in compliance with the directive and precautionary measures of the NCDC, particularly the social distancing.
“This is going to be a continuous exercise, as we are going to give them food items until government asks them to come out to attend to their needs.
“When more foods are coming in, we continue to distribute them to the needy,” he assured.
The union leader called on government at all levels to provide palliative measures and precautionary kits for the downtrodden to further curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the items distributed included rice, beans, spaghetti, noodles, garri, semovita and detergents, among others.
NAN also reports that the beneficiaries were drawn from the five local government areas that make up the emirate.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro and