From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
In its bid to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on members and host Communities the Redeemed Christian Church of God yesterday donated foodstuffs to residents of Television and Sabon-Tasha communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Food items such as rice, beans, garri and maize worth millions of naira were distributed to needy residents of the two communities whose numbers were over , 1,000(one thousand).
The pastor in charge of the RCCG(Jesus Assembly), Kaduna Province 5, Pastor Biriok Steven Kassa said the donation was in line with the directives from the Church’s General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adegboye.
He said the church had just concluded the first phase of the distribution of foodstuffs which was meant only for members of the church while the second phase also comprises of the members of the RCCG and their host communities.
According to him, the church has so far distributed foodstuffs to no fewer than 3,000 households, including members of host communities in both the first and second phases.
Kassa said the third phase which comes up in two weeks time, would take care of Muslims residence in the church’s catchment areas during the Ramdan period.
The cleric said: “What we are doing is our own little effort from the office of the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adegboye towards alleviating the challenges people are facing with respect to COVID-19 pandemic that the world is experiencing to which Nigeria is a part of.
“We know that curfew was coming and if people are forced to stay at home, hunger may force them out of their homes. So, the General Overseer approved N2m for Kaduna to support the food intervention of the RCCG.
“When the money came, we discovered that we can get 200 bags of rice, beans, garri(cassava flakes) as well as maize. We have gone out to share some. This is the second phase of the food intervention.
“The first phase was primarily to members of the RCCG but when we got to the second phase, we give to members and also members of community where we have some of our churches.
“The third phase will be when our Muslim brothers would have started their fasting and we hope to extend it to the Muslim community in our catchment areas.
“In the first phase, we reached out to 1,000 households and the second phase, we hope to go beyond what we did in the first phase(1,500).”
The cleric also reminded residents that COVID-19 was real and urged them to observed all necessary measures put in place by authorities to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.