The emergence of the novel Corona Virus disease has contributed to the increasing rate of poverty in Nigeria and the obvious hardship that has ravaged the nation.
Families especially the low/no income earners who have being forced to abandon their source of livelihoods just to stay alive, find it extremely difficult to put food on the table.
In a bid to alleviate the pains of the people especially those that can be referred to as the ‘poorest of the poor’, a not-for-profit organisation, MOL foundation (Maria Oladapo Foundation) founded and funded by Bukky Amos-Bello has extended a helping hand to those families that can’t afford a decent meal at this time.
The foundation gave out food packs to 2,500 indigent families across the city of Ibadan.
This exercise tagged, “Operation feed the Poorest of the Poor” took place from Thursday, 9th of April 2020 to Saturday, 11th of April 2020.
The Chairman/CEO of the Foundation through the Managing Director, a veteran Nollywood director, Yemi Amodu while entertaining questions from journalists says “it is a way of giving back to the society especially at this trying times. This is why the focus is on the indigent and those that are extremely affected by the lockdown caused by the Pandemic.
“The government can’t do it all and this is why capable citizens have to stand in the gap”, Bukky Amos-Bello added.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Silifatu, appreciated the organization for reaching out to people at such a time when there is hunger in land. She noted that the current situation has made so many incapacitated, calling on the government to ensure a transparent distribution of the bail out materials donated by the Federal Government and private individuals.
Recall that on December 31, 2019, Corona Virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China and has since spread into every continent of the world. The first case in Nigeria was confirmed on 27 February, 2020 in Lagos and has gradually spread into states of the country.
As at Sunday April 12, there have been 318 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 deaths in Nigeria, while 70 people in the country have recovered after contracting the deadly virus.
According to World Health Organization, Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).