Organizers of the ‘Baba For All’ initiative has commenced the distribution of food to the vulnerable across the 193 wards in Kwara State.
The initiative which is a replica of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme, is geared towards cushioning economic hardship amongst the less privileged in the state.
Speaking during the flag-off of the food distribution at the open field of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority in Ilorin on Tuesday, the state coordinator of ‘Baba For All’, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim OON lauded the social investment initiatives of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it has impacted the vulnerable people in a big way.
“There are no doubts that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has embarked on most laudable social investment programmes since the year 2015. Some of these programs include but are not limited to Conditional Cash Transfer, N-Power, Home Grown School Feeding, Grants for Rural Women, Relief Packages for Artisans, COVID-19 Relief Package and the Creation of jobs in 774 local governments, nationwide.
“I am also aware that to raise the standard of living of the people, the Kwara State Government also replicated some of these Social Investment Programmes. It is in the same spirit that the Presidential Initiative commenced the distribution of foodstuff which is tagged ‘Baba For All’ to provide succour to the needy, weak and vulnerable people in society.
Beneficiaries of the ‘Baba For All’ foodstuffs include: Vulnerable Persons, Widows, Orphans and Physically Challenged Persons.
Jani noted that the distribution of the foodstuff was apolitical and cuts across gender and religious biases.
According to him, the Kwara State Committee set up to ensure fair distribution across all the local governments in Kwara State, will ensure that the distribution will be made in all 16 LGAs to cover 193 wards in the state.
Jani also appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to support in taking care of the vulnerable.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians who the Almighty has lifted to use their resources to support the weak and vulnerable in the society. Each One Help One, will improve inclusion and cohesion in the society,” he said.
Responding to questions from newsmen at the event, the representative of the state governor, Adebayo Lateef, who is also the chairman of the Kwara state Social Investment Programme, said “The gesture was out of the magnanimity of President Muhammadu Buhari to make sure he supports all Nigerians, most especially the vulnerable and physically challenged people, who live below the poverty cord and this is what Kwara state is equally replicating at the Kwara state social investment programme to cater for the vulnerable”.
Appreciating the gesture on behalf of the beneficiaries, the state chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability, comrade Yusuf Bashir, lauded the initiative.
“This is not the first time, we are one of the beneficiaries last year. I remember that we told them then that it should be a continuous one and we are very grateful today that we are also part of the beneficiaries. It will go a long way to relieve our people of hunger. We also appeal to wealthy Nigerians to complement this kind of gesture, because the government alone can not do it,” he said.