By Segun Ade
The late Gen Murtala Mohammed Foundation (MMF), under the leadership of his first daughter, Aisha Ramat Oyebode, has distributed palliatives to 280 families, widows and orphans to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. The exercise was spread across seven local government areas that make up the Kano metropolis.
Delivering the food items made up of rice, spaghetti and noodles, the Kano state coordinator of the MMF, Jamilu Sule Aminu called on the public to continue to abide by the protection protocols of the COVID-19 that include washing of hands, use of sanitizers, facemasks and adopting social distancing.
The local governments from which 40 beneficiaries each were drawn include Gwale, Tarauni, Kano Municipal and Fagge. Others are Kumbotso, Dala and Nassarawa.
“The Murtala Ramat Muhammad Foundation under the leadership of Aisha Ramat Oyebode is reaching out to widows and orphans identified from the seven local government areas of the Kano metropolis.
“280 families are going to benefit from rice spaghetti and noodles to cushion the attendant difficulties in the lockdown order imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state” he stated.
He said the gesture was to support government efforts and to ease the sufferings of orphans and widows that may arise as a result of the lock down noting that the 8 metropolitan local governments of Kano state were selected for the distribution.
Jamilu Sule Aliyu said the programme will be extended to remaining local governments in the state under the leadership of Aisha Muhammad Oyebode, the daughter of the late Head of state Murtala Muhammad.
Receiving the the items on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Tafidan Kano and also Hakimin Fagge Alh Muhammad Ado Bayero thanked the foundation for the gesture and called on the public to continue to be law abiding. He said widows were selected transparently from the wards.
Mahmud Ado Bayero who was represented by Maikudi Shitu Fagge prayed to Allah to repose the soul of Late General Murtala Muhammad.
The Murtala Muhammed Foundation, MMF has for almost 20 years intervened in humanitarian response and disaster relief and management. As a not-for-profit organization, the foundation is committed to improving the living conditions of Africans by contributing to the reduction of poverty, elimination of conflict, and promotion of self-reliance and development.
One of the Beneficiaries Balara Abdullahi expressed her gratitude for their kind gesture by alleviating her suffering at this point in time.