By Stanley Onyekwere
The Lebanese community in Nigeria has donated multi-million Naira worth of assorted food and health protective items to help boost FCT COVID-19 palliative scheme, aimed at cushioning the effect of the prevailing lockdown on the poor and vulnerable people in the Territory.
In particular, the items include: 6,000 bags of rice (5kg), 600 bags of flour (50kg), 3,900 cartons of noodles and 3,000 pieces of soya oil.
Others are 2,000 cartons of table water, 1,875 pieces of palm oil, 800 cartons of Tomato pastes, 500 cartons of pastas and 400 cartons of soap.
Making the donations in Abuja, the Lebanon Ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab said it was their token appreciation to the intensified containment of the dreaded Covid-19 by the Federal Government and the FCT Administration.
He called on the FCT Administration to distribute the items to the poor and vulnerable families that are suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We bring these trucks of food and consumable goods as our token of appreciation to what the Honourable Minister is doing on behalf of the President to keep the residents and citizens of the FCT save”, he said.
Receiving the items, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, who described it as the highest donation, saying the Lebanese community in Abuja, has proven true to be part and parcel of the FCT and thanked them for gesture.
“This afternoon, we are receiving a highly placed delegation under His Excellency the Labanese Ambassador and you can see what they have brought. I don’t have a much to say just to thank you. It is the highest individual donation”, Bello said.
Similarly, FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu while thanking the Lebanese Community for the landmark guesture, assured that the items will only be distributed to the vulnerable in the Territory.
“The largest donation we have received so far in the Federal Capital Territory. We want to say a very big thank you to you the Ambassador of Labanon to Nigeria and the team that all came together believing in us.
The Lebanese community has proven true to be part and parcel of the FCT.
The goods you brought today we will ensure that they are distributed across the Territory to the needy. This will go a long way to cushion the effect of the sit at home ordered by the President Muhammadu Buhari”, Aliyu stressed.