Covid-19: Council donates palliatives to FCTA

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers NCRIB has donated some palliatives to the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA, Abuja.

Global economy stagnated
The President of the Governing Board of the council, Dr. (Mrs.) Bola Onigbogi who led some members to FCTA, also said Covid-19 pandemic has stagnated global economy and grinded to a halt all forms of social relationship which Nigerians are particularly known for.

Onigbogi said this has challenged the earning capability of many workers in the public and private sector.

Challenges of Covid-19 pandemic
She added that the entire world is confronted with the grimmest challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and that it was in furtherance of the Council’s Corporate Social Responsibility CSR initiatives that it donated palliatives to the FCT administration for onward distribution in order to cushion the effect of Covid-19 lockdown among the less privileged people in the nation’s capital.

We have seen the need to provide succour for the masses through provision of palliatives during this period. It is most heart-warming for me to note that prior to this event, our Council had also given palliatives to people in Lagos in the same vein”.

Considering the observed positive efforts of the FCDA towards providing succour to the inhabitants, the Council has seen the need to partner and donate these palliatives as part of our Council’s support at this crucial time. 

“I must at this juncture appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for the pragmatic steps already being taken by government to reduce the spread of the virus. Also, great kudos goes particularly to our dynamic Minister of the FCDA Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello for the proactive and practical steps that the government has been taking since the index case was recorded in the Federal Capital Territory, she said.

I have a duty here to passionately appeal to Nigerians to please strictly cooperate with the Federal Government by adhering to all the health advisory issued by the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC, especially with regards to social distancing, hand washing and use of face masks. We must all be aware that we all have a role to play individually to end this pandemic. Any infringement of this advice would most assuredly be tantamount to prolonging the pandemic which would not augur well for us as individuals and a nation”, she added.

She further stated that the Council has continued to be a responsible and responsive institution.

According to her, “we often rise to the challenges of assisting the society through various Corporate Social Responsibility projects. In particular, I am most delighted that the Council’s members recently contributed significantly to the insurance industry’s support to the federal government on Covid-19, as coordinated by the National Insurance Commission NAICOM. It is quite heart-warming that this support was appreciated by Mr. President during one of his national broadcasts on the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Administration, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu commended the thoughtfulness of the Association especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items.

The Minister who stressed the need for collaboration in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, assured the council that the items would be distributed to deserving communities.

Items donated include 100 bags of 25kg rice, 400 face masks, 50 hand sanitisers, 25 cartons of spaghetti and 25 cartons of tomato puree.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu

 

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