By Stanley Onyekwere
The family of former president of Nigeria, Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, has donated food and personal protective gears to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to support its palliative drive in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory.
Items donated include; 1,000 pieces of N-95 face masks, 13,000 pieces of surgical masks, 1,800 bars of soap, 23,100 sachets of detergent, 100 cartons of macaroni, 100 bags of semovita and 100 bags of rice.
Our correspondent reports that the family made the donations under the aegis of Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation.
Presenting the items, Malam Shehu Umaru Yar’Adua, commended the doggedness of all the health workers, stressing that their dedication to service in these challenging times should serve as an example to other professional bodies.
Yar’Adua, also commended the efforts of federal government, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for their diligence in service.
“My family, NGO (Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation) and I extend our deepest respect and gratitude to the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and to all those working in the healthcare profession for their selfless commitment and diligence as they undertake vitally important roles in our country’s fight against the ongoing pandemic.
“In difficult times, we often discover the best in ourselves, the dedication to service of doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other health workers, in these challenging times, is an example to us all,” Yar’Adua stated.
While receiving the items on behalf of the FCT Administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended the Yar’Adua’s family for the kind gesture, noting that the move would be exemplary to other notable families in the country.
In her words: “We are happy to receive our former first family eminently represented by three eminent sons. This donation will no doubt go a long way to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the residents of the territory and by extension entire Nigerians.
“To me it is special because it is exemplary. This is a way to tell others that you can move out of your comfort zone to touch lives. In touching lives, you will not know that the little gesture might go a long way also to assist other people. This is telling us that they do care in the performance of their corporate social responsibility”.