THE Enugu State Government has received food items and medical supplies worth N120 million as palliatives from Victims Support Fund (VSF) for households to cushion the effect of the lockdown arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Making the donations on Wednesday, leaders of VSF said that the food items were for delivery to 20, 000 vulnerable households in the state in the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Head, VSF Coronavirus (COVID-19) Taskforce, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, who made the clarification when she presented the items to the state deputy governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo said each household would receive 10kg rice, 10kg beans, 10kg garri, 2kg salt and four litres of vegetable oil.
She appealed to the state government to ensure the distribution of the items reached the most vulnerable households in the state.
According to her, the medical supplies included 30, 000 bottles of hand sanitisers, 50, 000 pieces of facemasks, safety boots and goggles for healthcare workers as well as coveralls.
She said that the Federal Government, on June 30, inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the Victims of Terrorism Support Fund, which focus on the victims of terrorism and insurgency in the North East region.
According to her, the initiative, under the chairmanship of General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) was inaugurated as a national response strategy.
She continued: “But we are aware that COVID-19 is a national disaster that is happening all over the country and we cannot sit down and watch without doing anything.
“Our chairman, on the March 30, 2020, set up a taskforce on COVID-19 to help to ease the effect of the pandemic by fashioning out interventions and support to the government and peoples of Nigeria.”
Akerele-Ogunsiji described VSF as the first private sector led humanitarian initiative in Nigeria, adding that their intervention had been the best since the pandemic began, while noting that VSF had earlier intervened in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Ogun, Lagos, Edo states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
She disclosed that Ebonyi State would be the other South East state that would benefit in the current second phase of the intervention.
The deputy governor commended the VSF for the massive intervention and solicited the support of the fund in the education and health sectors of the state.