AN NGO, International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), has donated nose masks, exercise books, and other writing materials to 250 vulnerable children of Miango in Iregwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.
Presenting the items to the children on Wednesday in Miango, Mr Xphyongo Nebanat, National Correspondent of the Organisation in Nigeria, said the gesture was part of its activities marking the 2020 Children’s Day celebrations.
The national correspondent explained that the beneficiaries, who were living in abject poverty, were drawn from eight communities in the area.
According to Nebanat, the gesture is also aimed at stemming down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly among children in rural communities.
He noted that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is a collective one, hence the need for all and sundry to support the government’s efforts in curbing the spread through aggressive sensitisation.
“We have gathered over 250 vulnerable children here from eight communities in Iregwe chiefdom, first to sensitise them on preventive measures against COVID-19 and to also distribute nose masks to them.
“We chose today because we are marking children’s day and it’s also our way of celebrating with these kids and giving them hope, because these are kids whose parents were killed in many of the crises that engulfed the chiefdom in recent times.
“Aside the nose masks, we have also distributed exercise books and other writing materials to the children, to enable them learn at home, pending when schools will open,” he said.
Nebanat called on government at all levels to ensure aggressive and robust sensitisation against the dreaded disease at the rural areas.
He said that community transmission would be more deadly if nothing was done.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries were drawn from Rotsu, Ancha, Nkiedoworo, Hukke, Jiri, chinye, Miango central and Hausa communities of Iregwe chiefdom.
NAN also reports that the chiefdom had in the past years faced the challenge of insecurity, a situation that led to loss of lives and property. (NAN)
– May 27, 2020 @ 14:35 GMT |