Nigeria’s private sector led Alliance Against COVID-19, CACOVID, yesterday officially declared the flag-off of a national delivery of multibillion naira palliative food and other relief products to alleviate the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on helpless Nigerians. The food aid resources on which private sector companies expend about ~23 billion will benefit 1.7 million families in the country’s 774 local governments, including the Federal Capital Territory, amounting to about 10 million residents.
CACOVID Administrator and CEO of Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, Zouera Youssoufou, told news reporters in Lagos that food distribution is the next step in the line of action planned by the coalition to partner government in combating the coronavirus pandemic and relieving poor people from the burden faced by the disease outbreak.
Zouera announced that the Alliance split the country into the six geo-political zones with the declaration in Lagos, and the distribution was concurrently flagged-off in states including Adamawa, Yobe, Ekiti Ogun, delta, Edo, Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Plateau, and Nasarawa.
She said: “CACOVID has also helped to improve the NCDC ‘s testing capability by contributing more than 300,000 test kits and PPEs, just as the Coalition is preparing to launch the third and final step of its COVID-19 response strategy.”
She showed some of the food items that would support each family in different quantities from the palliatives, Rice , Pasta, Garri, Maize, Semo, Noodles, Salt and Sugar.
According to her:”CACOVID has been committed to delivering relief supplies for the most needy since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The main goal of the Alliance was to support the Federal Government in fighting COVID-19.
“We ‘re turning our focus to providing a relief to households who have been negatively affected by the virus epidemic after doing this successfully. Via this Food Relief Campaign, we will reduce the possibility of a second viral outbreak by motivating people to stay indoors instead of risking themselves to obtain food for themselves and their families, “Zouera said.
The CEO of the Aliko Dangote Foundation affirmed that through the Nigerian Governors Forum, the Alliance will work closely with the state governments to ensure that all identified families are met, and that this is achieved transparently.
She said: “Through the State Implementation Committee, the State Governors and the FCT Minister will appoint a planner to carefully document and send an reliable and complete copy of the inventory tracker and the distribution notes to the CACOVID Operations Center on a regular basis through the State CACOVID Representative CACOVID Representative to ensure timely and efficient delivery and proper transparency and accountability.”
According to her; “The Food Relief Programme is being managed by the CACOVID Operations Centre in Lagos and we have procured the various food items from leading Nigerian Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies to achieve the necessary scale, speed, and quality assurance at carefully negotiated prices that reflect value for money without creating negative market distortions. Each pack or box is clearly identified and marked as ‘Not For Sale.”
Ms Osayi Alile, CEO, AspireCoronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, who is also CACOVID, explaining the approach being followed for the distribution
Member of the Operations Management Committee, clarified that the Alliance is not a partisan political organization, but is serving its mandates to all Nigerians as supported in the goals and priorities of CACOVID.
According to her, in each state a State Implementation Committee was created, which in turn draws up a list of households based on specifically specified parameters used to identify the advantageous households in line with the objectives of the CACOVID National Food Relief Programme.