By Sarauniya Usman,Abuja
Following the extension of lockdown by the federal government for the period of another 14 days,the Centre for Information Technology and Development, CITAD has identified 19 extremely poor communities across FCT that are yet to benefit from the palliative scheme.
The communities are: Abuja Municipal Council (8)– Gwalada, Tungan Ashere, Tungan Nasara, Dakwa, Gofidna, Jiwa, Jiwa Tsoho and Gwalada communities.
Others are Kwali Area Council (4) – Kilankwa, Leleyi Bassa, Leleyi Gwari and Pai communities, Bwari Area Council (4)-Paspa, Kuchibuyi, Igu and Guto communities; kuje Area Council (3) Gaube, Kayache and Tukpheci Communities
CITAD in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria are currently working with these 19 communities under the Local Rights Programmes.
“Our recent activities include awareness campaign and public sensitisation on COVID19 pandemic”.
The organisation, is calling on the Honorable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq to investigate the situation of these vulnerable Communities and for their immediate inclusion in the distribution of the palliatives.
CITAD also recommends that Civil Societies be involved as partners in responding to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic because of their wide reach and sense of accountability to ensure that desired results are achieved for this humanitarian intervention.
It would be recalled that on Sunday, 29th March 2020, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria declared a lockdown across 2 States of the Nation and Federal Capital Territory for a period of 14 days. This was subsequently extension by another 14 days.
Upon the declaration of the initial lockdown, the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq confirmed the setup of a palliative scheme for over 11m households across the States and the FCT.