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COVID-19: FG receives 3,999 tonnes of cereals from ECOWAS

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) has donated three thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine (3,999) tonnes of cereal food items to Nigerian Government as part of the emergency assistance for vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq disclosed this on her official social platform on Saturday, She said President Muhammad Buhari directed her Ministry to carry out various interventions to poor and vulnerable Nigerians, to cushion the effects of the pandemic.

“As the Ministry is coordinating the humanitarian aspect of the national response to the pandemic, it has distributed over 70,000 metric tonnes of grains including; rice, maize millet, sorghum.The National Social Register (NSR) contains data of over 2.6 million poor and vulnerable households (with over 11 million individuals) across 34 States and the FCT.

“With the accelerated registration and rapid expansion, the register, as at June 30 has grown to 3.7 million (equivalent to 15.5 million individuals) across 36 States and the FCT”, she said. Farouq thanked the ECOWAS Commission for the timely and generous provision of humanitarian assistance for distribution to the vulnerable population impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria.

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