Some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Lagos State on Saturday distributed palliatives to about 300 residents of Agege, Ifako-Ijaiye and Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corps members gave the beneficiaries food packs containing garri (cassava flakes), rice, beans, groundnut oil, yam flour, noodles and tomato sachets.
Spokesperson for the corps members, Veronica Ukamak, said 100 beneficiaries were given the food packs in each of the three local government areas to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Speaking at the occassion, Chairman, Agege Local Government Area, Mr Ganiu Egunjobi, commended the corps members for the kind gesture.
“If corps members can dip their hands into their pockets and support the community, then it is indeed a challenge to everybody.
“Agege community appreciates the corps members and call on rich individuals in Agege to emulate them,’’ he said.
Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, praised efforts of the corps members.
He said that the corps members should be encouraged to do more as they were the true heroes of the nation.
Mr Eddy Megwa, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, said the kind gesture of the corps members would enhance better understanding and appreciation of the scheme in their communities.
“I am very happy about the development that even corps members that do not have much can present these little gifts to their various communities.
“They have gone the extra mile to dip their hands in their little allowance and put food on the tables of people in the community they serve.
“It is noteworthy to know that there are still youths who can do what they have done in the local government areas, indeed the future is bright for Nigeria,” Megwa said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)