The Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS, has donated food palliative of three thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine (3,999) tonnes of grains to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the vulnerable population most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was announced yesterday 22nd August 2020 by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in Abuja. The humanitarian support was handed over to the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, by the President of ECOWAS, Dr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.
The Ministry said that the president Muhammadu Buhari, had because of the outbreak of the corona virus codenamed COVID-19, directed the Ministry to carry out various interventions to the poor and vulnerable citizens of the country, to palliate the effects of the pandemic on them.
In response to this directive, the Ministry has been coordinating national humanitarian responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and according to the Minister, they have shared to the most vulnerable population, grains like rice, maize, sorghum, and millet of more than seventy thousand (70,000 +) tonnes.
The Minister said that the National Social Register (NSR) contains data of over 2.6 million poor and vulnerable households (with over 11 million individuals) across 34 States and the FCT. In fact, with the recent accelerated registration and rapid expansion, the register, as at June 30 2020, has grown to 3.7 million households captured thus far.
The Minister thanked the ECOWAS, describing their humanitarian gesture as timely and generous. She said the Ministry will continue to work with every stakeholder both within and in the international community, to provide the most vulnerable of the Nigerian society impacted by COVID-19 pandemic, succour.
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