Markengee Touching Lives International Initiative, an NGO, on Thursday donated relief materials to residents of Area C-Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ms Ngozi Ajaiamah, Co-founder of the organisation, said that the donation was to support governments’ efforts at cushioning the effects of the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Items donated include yam, rice, tomato paste, maggi, salt and face masks.

Ajaiamah said that the NGO had also organised sensitisation campaigns in various communities within the FCT to inform people of the coronavirus pandemic and how to prevent themselves from contracting it.

“This is part of our contribution to the Federal Government’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic that is hitting many countries of the world.

“We earlier identified the community as an area lacking lots of government support in terms of amenities, so we decided to donate these palliatives to cushion the effect of hunger due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We have identified many vulnerable and we are distributing face masks because we recognise that face masks can protect the residents from contracting the virus,” she said.

Ajaiamah advised Nigerians not to be in haste to rush out of their homes as the government is planning to ease the lockdown.

She urged the citizens to protect themselves always.

Mr Abraham Solomon, the Communication Officer of the organisation, added that it was working on collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure that more palliatives are given to other communities within the FCT.

“We want to ensure that we can reach out in partnership and collaborate with other organisations and individuals who will continue to support our effort.

“However, this is just the first phase of the project, we are going to roll out this project in five other places where we can closely reach out and support the people,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Marian Ganjuma, expressed appreciation to the organisation for the palliatives.

Ganjuma called on the government and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate such gestures to ease the hardship faced by the poor in the country.

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