Group lifts Abuja residents with foodstuffs to mitigate impacts of COVID-19
Initiative For A Drug-Free Africa Volunteers (IFDFA) has provided food items to some indigent residents of Abuja to mitigate the impacts of the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19.
The items were distributed through Dr. Usman Nga Kupi, the Se-Peyi of Garki, FCT, Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, IFDFA Chairman, Board of Trustees Dr. Kenneth Ibe-Kalu disclosed that the empowerment was in response to the Federal Government’s call for all hands to be on deck to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
Ibe-Kalu said the gesture was borne out of the objectives of the NGO to partner with the government and all relevant agencies in the campaign against drug abuse, prescription drug abuse and illicit substance abuse in Nigeria and Africa.
According to him, the visit to the kingdom was to sensitise the youths and women not to indulge in drug abuse while informing them that drugs lower the immune system of abusers thereby making them susceptible to Coronavirus.
While presenting some food items to Nga on behalf of the Organisation to be distributed to the less privileged persons in the Kingdom, he enjoined all Nigerians to see the pandemic as a national crisis and a call to duty to be their brother’s keeper at this critical time.
In his response, the traditional ruler used the occasion to thank the organisation for the concern it exhibited in bringing succour to the less privileged while admonishing the people to always be law abiding and stay clear from prescription drug abuse and illicit substance.
He added that his palace and his council members have been in the forefront of fighting drug abuse and in the past and have equally sanctioned and expelled some Chemist and pharmacies within his Kingdom for trading in hard drugs.
“We have also taken time to enlighten our youths on the dangers inherent in the use of hard drugs, and the risk involved in abusing hard drugs and prescription drugs, which is injurious to their health,” he stated.
He hinted that the NGO was the first to visit his Palace with palliative items for the less-privileged since the COVID – 19 pandemic broke out.
The Traditional ruler promised to partner with IFDFA in the fight against hard drugs.
Nga commended President Muhammad Buhari for the step he took in announcing the lockdown and asking Nigerians to stay indoors as a means of stopping the pandemic from spreading rapidly.
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