An Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, the Pause Old Peoples’ Home has donated food items and cash to the aged in the Federal Capital Territory FCT.
The founder of the NGO, Hajiya Hauwa Jibrin said that her organization was concerned about the welfare of the aged in society hence her resolve to check on them once in a while.
“Usually, we go round to monitor the aged and ever since the COVID-19 started, we had them in mind and have been wondering about their condition. So we came around to see how they are doing.
“We thank God because we have not had any casualty among them. We came here to create more awareness among them; to tell them to remain at home and imbibe precautionary measures because this pandemic affects people of their age bracket more.
“We also came with some palliatives to cushion the effect of the stay-at-home order”, she said.
Hajiya Jibrin who is also the wife of the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority FCDA, pledged to also expand the welfare package to other areas in the FCT.
“We will extend this gesture to other areas also, but we will do it one at a time, because we are very interested in seeing that the aged are protected and provided for.
We know that the government is doing much, but we have to complement the efforts of the government and we pray that the pandemic will go very soon”, she added.
70 elderly persons; 40 and 30 from Mabushi and Karshi, respectively benefitted from the donations.
Dakachi of Mabushi, Aminu Esu Akuyi who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries in Mabushi, expressed gratitude to Hajiya Jibrin and her NGO for remembering those who truly needed assistance during the difficult times.
Former Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Agency STDA, Tanko Isiaku Yamawa who was at the Dakachi’s palace during distribution of the palliatives, thanked her for identifying with the elderly in the communities.
He also called on other capable people to come out and help the needy in the society.
Yamawa said that he was satisfied with the efforts of the FCT administration in reaching out to vulnerable persons, adding that Mabushi residents have especially benefitted from palliatives from government more than once.
District Head of Karshi, Ahmed Doka who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries in his area, said that he and the people were “very grateful for the gifts especially because the people are in great need of them. We hope that more organizations and individuals will also bring these to us. If we have only ten of them, it will go a long way.”
Source: Voice of Nigeria