From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Kakuri, Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has distributed food items to 180 teachers and securitymen in eight private schools in the area.
Distributing the items to the beneficiaries in Kaduna yesterday , the YMCA Secretary, Mr Jeremiah Elisha, said the gesture was to reduce hunger among the targeted groups.
“It is expedient to reach out to this set of people at this trying time, considering that schools are closed and private schools depend solely on school fees to pay the teachers’ salaries.
“It is even disturbing that securitymen of private schools have been going to work in the last few months without salary.
“This development has made it very difficult for the teachers and the securitymen to feed their families,” Elisha said.
He called on the State Government, individuals and other organisations to assist private schools’ workers, who had become vulnerable since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Elisha noted that their only source of livelihood had been cut off in the last three months, following the lockdown occasioned by the disease.
“The harsh economic situation in the country is particularly unbearable to parents, who became unemployed, with bills and family needs to take care of.
“Although the lockdown had been lifted, schools remained closed and teachers of private schools are in the fourth month without salary, while others have lost their jobs.
“Therefore, YCMA decided to help out in its little capacity as a community-based organisation and urged other organisations to equally reach out to the private schools’ workers.
“Although the food items might be little, it will go a long way in helping them survive the next few days,” he said.