The Victim Support Fund (VSF) has donated palliative items to the Imo State Government for onward distribution to Imolites who were negatively affected by the scourge of COVID-19.
Speaking shortly after receiving the foodstuffs, the State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma lauded the initiator of the programme, General TY Danjuma for his generosity and magnanimity in setting up the VSF.
VSF has been providing foodstuffs and other palliatives for vulnerable families across the country since the pandemic broke out.
Governor Uzodimma who was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, promised that the items would be equitably distributed to those they were meant for.
He said, “One thing I will like to make very clear is that in Imo State, anything we get for the communities goes to the communities, anything we get for the vulnerable goes to the vulnerable. We have a government of shared prosperity.
“We are not a government where people think only about their personal pockets, rather we have a government where government officials take from their personal pockets and give to society.
He advised Imolites to emulate the good gestures of General TY Danjuma by helping people around them who have been devastated by the negative effects of COVID-19 or other disasters.
In her speech, wife of the governor, Chioma Uzodimma, represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Group, Nkechinyere Ugwu, lauded the group, for its kind gesture in donating the food items and for the Solar powered borehole it built for the Okuku Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of the state.
In his remarks, the Chairperson of the Victim Support Fund COVID-19 Taskforce, Toyious Akirolu said the programme commenced in 2020 and Imo State was the 30th benefiting state.
He said the fund was inaugurated in 2014 by General TY Danjuma as the first private sector led humanitarian response initiative to provide support for vulnerable households and victims of terrorism in the North East of Nigeria.
He added that as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chairman, General TY Danjuma, set up the COVID-19 response taskforce to cover the entire Nigeria.
On modality used to select beneficiaries of the largesse, the taskforce chairman said the taskforce monitoring and evaluation officers worked with officials of the state government and some Civil Society Organizations, using clear data mapping technology to identify the vulnerable households.