TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
As parts of reach-out programme to underserved communities in the nation’s capital, the African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD) on Thursday donated 80 pieces of mattresses to the Federal Capacity Territory (FCT) Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
While presenting the items to FCT Administration, the National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD, Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, said a private firm based in Abia state donated the items to support the federal government’s efforts in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chief Executive Officer who was represented by the Director of Administration and Finance, Mr. Mohammed Jibrin, charged the administration to distribute the items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the territory.
She stated that, “We are here today because we received these gift items from Harmony Nigeria Limited, a company based in Abia state. They presented the items to our agency and we received them on behalf of federal government because they wanted to support the federal government in the fight against COVID-19.
“We reported to the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), and they directed that the items should be taken to the IDPs. And the FCT Administration is in charge of IDPs so we communicated that we will be bringing the items so that you do the needful,” she stated.
Receiving the items on behalf of the administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended the firm for bringing succor to those internally displaced persons owing to one reason or the other.
The minister who was represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, pledged the commitment of the administration through the FCT Emergency Management Agency to distribute the items to the displaced persons.
She said, “I am humbled to receive these gifts from the Harmony Nigeria Limited from Abia state to assist the federal government. On behalf of the less privileged especially those internally displaced persons, the FCT Administration remain grateful to the donor. We are going to handover these items to our FCT Emergency Management Agency for onward distribution to the ID