COVID -19: NYCN flags off distribution of palliatives to youth

As the number of COVID -19 cases raises in the country, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has flagged off the distribution of food stuffs to youth in the six-geo political zones to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

NYCN President Amb. Sukubo Saraigbe during the flag off ceremony at Port Harcourt , the Rivers state capital, Wednesday commended the federal government, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, state and local governments on their various strategies and effort in ensuring that the effect of the pandemic on the  citizens is reduce to its bearest minimum.

Amb. Sukubo in his remarks regretted that, states and federal government “actions though in good faith have, however, caused hardship to citizens of the country especially the youth most of whom rely on daily means of sustenance.

He explained that “It is on the strength of this therefore, that, I, the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in collaboration with my executive members and some critical partners deem it necessary to give out some palliatives to the Youths in Nigeria to cushion the effects of the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19.

NYCN President added “Accordingly, the Youth Council under my leadership is giving out (20,000) twenty thousand bags of food items which include: Garri, Rice, Beans and cartons of Indomie Noodles to youth in all the states of the federation.

“This gesture as I mentioned earlier, is in collaboration with the Belema Oil Producing Ltd and Jack-Rich Tien Aid Foundation, he noted.

He said to ensure effective and equitable distribution of the items, the Committees have been constituted in the six geopolitical zones.        

The NYCN President who also enjoined the youths to adhere strictly to every precautionary measure put in place by their respective state governments, including the compulsory wearing of face masks, physical distancing and regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, commended the efforts of the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare for his achievement within the short time of his assumption of office.

In total compliance with NCDC directive, the local government coordinators received the palliative on behalf of their people.

 Coordinator of Emohua local Government area of River state, Princess Mini described the NYCN gesture as a commendable one.

She said “this highly commendable, we appreciate what NYCN and especially the President is doing. To all those who partner with them to bring succor to people in this difficult time, may God bless you all”.

On his part, Coordinator Tai LGA Comr. Kingsley Dimpke said “unlike the pallitives we heard on the television and radio, this one is real. I am glad my local government is among the beneficiary. With this, many of our youths will be able to feed for sometimes. May God bless wherever this is coming from”.

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