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Muslim Coalition Against COVID-19 commences palliatives distribution, targets 1700 households

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The Muslim Coalition Against COVID-19 will today commence distribution of palliatives across four pilot states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Under the aegis of Muslim Coalition Against Covid-19, about 40 Islamic organisations are pulling resources together to make impactful contributions to the nation’s efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

Chairman, Publicity Committee, Abdulwaasiu Abiola told The Guardian that the first phase captures Lagos, Oyo, Osun and Rivers in addition to Federal Capital Territory (FCT), targeting over 1700 households as beneficiaries.

The breakdown showed that 450 households would benefit in Lagos, while 225 would benefit in Abuja (FCT), 500 in Oyo, 300 in Osun, and 225 in Rivers.

Each pack of palliatives contains rice, beans, and garri and tomatoes paste, salt among others.

Abiola said all arrangements have been fine-tuned to ensure an orderly distribution in all locations in the states.

According to the National Coordinator, Disu Kamor, more households would be captured in the next phase of the relief distribution to bring succour to Nigerians affected by the lockdown.

He thanked members of the coalition and Nigerians generally hearkening to the donation drive.

He added that more grounds needed to be covered and appealed for more support from corporate organizations and the wealthy.

“There is no better time to show we are concerned, and we care for humanity in this most trying time of a pandemic that has crippled life and economy”, he said.

He assured that as the fund increases, more states will be captured in all zones of the country.

The coalition had earlier inaugurated eight committees with 60 distinguished scholars, professionals and experts cutting across various disciplines and expertise to chart a path to successful fight against COVID-19.

Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf of the Department of Actuarial Science heads the Fund Mobilization Committee while Alh. Moshood Wasiu Abiola a certified Project Management Professional chairs 15-man Publicity Committee.

A senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the American University, Yola and Amir of The Muslim Congress Dr Lukman AbdulRaheem is the Chairman of the Monitoring & Evaluation while Dr. Salisu Isma’il leads a 12-man Medical Committee.

Another University scholar, Prof. AbdulRazaq Kilani, former Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Imam of premier Al-Usrah Incorporated, Port Harcourt is in charge of the Logistics Committee comprising of eight members.

Alh. Muhammad AlHassan, The Registrar of Islamic Education Trust, Minna, was appointed to head the Government Liaison Committee, Alh. Ariyo Olusekun chairs the Audit Committee and Alh. Ajiroba Moroof Adedokun leads the Account Committee.


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