JUSTICE Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), an NGO of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has donated food items to 1,500 vulnerable households in Plateau as palliative.
Presenting the items to some of the beneficiaries on Thursday in Jos, Most Rev. Mathew Audu, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese, said the gesture aimed at cushioning the hardship occasioned by the advent of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Represented by Monsignor Cletus Gotan, the Vicar-General of the archdiocese, Audu said 500 households each in the three senatorial zones of the state benefitted from the gesture.
The prelate said the donation is one of the social functions of the church, adding that meeting the needs of the poor and less privileged ones in hard times is one cardinal role of the church.
Audu noted that tbe items would be distributed to identified poor people, deviod of religious or ethnic affiliations.
He lamented that the advent of COVID-19 has thrown the world into serious confusion and inflicted hardships on the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable ones.
“It is not longer secret that the whole world is in difficult times because of the novel coronavirus. The economic hardship occasioned by the advent of disease is bitting, particularly on the poor.
“This is why the archdiocese, through its social arm, the JDPC, decided to support 1,500 vulnerable households in Plateau with some food items.
“We cannot give to everybody, and we cannot give everything. This is why we are giving the little we have in order to help these poor ones with something to eat.
“These items are not just for Catholics or Christians alone, but everybody deviod of religious beliefs and ethnicity,” Audu said.
The archbishop called on spirited individuals and groups to complement government’s efforts in providing succour to the poor in this difficult times.
Audu called on the people to pray for the end of the pandemic and advised Nigerians to obey government’s safety directives aimed at containing the spread of the dreaded disease.
He commended the management of JDPC for the initiativenand and urged them to do more for the sake of humanity.
Earlier, Rev. Fr. Stephen Akpe, Assistant Coordinator of JDPC, said the donation was supported by Mission 21, a Switzerland based NGO.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that beneficiaries of the gesture for the Northern Senatorial zone of the state where drawn from 18 communties.
Some of these communties include, Fudawa, Utan, Dong, Angwan Rogo, Jenta Adamu, Doruwa, Nasarawa Gwong, Turu, Za’ang, Farin Gada, some camps of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), among others.
NAN also reports the items donated include bags of rice and beans. (NAN)
– May 28, 2020 @ 14:05 GMT |