By Sheriff Badmus
Since the advent of policies to curb the spread of coronavirus, life has taken a sad turn for many globally and this has been more brutal for Nigeria where 54% of its citizens are multidimensionally poor while 50% live in extreme poverty.
Such policies include partial and total lockdown of state borders; banning of market-based transactions except for essential commodities; closing of schools and institutions; and many others. While there has been reported surge in crime rates, some employers have resorted to cutting their workforce and/or workers salaries to offset for the shocks.
Amidst rising cases, most Nigerians are willing to get back to normal ways just to curb the knocks of unceasing hunger.
Non-governmental organizations and individuals have since taken the role of distributing relief materials to people who have been identified as vulnerable.
The Transverses Sheriff Badmus was able to identify some of them.
A team of volunteers working as COVID AID Volunteer Distribution Network (CAVDN) had an initial plan to feed 5,000 Nigerians with 100 volunteers using their personal income within Lagos. However, as at 27 April the group already registered over 250,000 aid requests, 18,000 volunteers with donations from external sources. The Project lead has been identified as Niyi Gbodimowo, a tech-savvy. The group operates through cavdn.org
Relifa is a humanitarian group that aims to provide food, medicines and other supplies to vulnerable households in Ibadan, Oyo State and its environs, using digital platform tools and network of volunteers. So far, the group has reached out to more than 200 households in Ibadan. The brains behind Relifa are Oredola Ibrahim, Founder of Skill NG, and Kehinde Muraina, a Project Manager. The group is placed at relifa.com.ng
The Solace and Soothers
The Solace and Soother targets widows, orphans, prisoners and persons living with disabilities within Lagos state. So far, through volunteers and donors, the group has been able to reach out to 65 heads. The project head is Lawal Ghaniyah, a postgraduate student of University of Lagos.
Community of Helpers Initiative (COHI)
COHIs goal is to get rid of hunger in Oyo State and Nigeria. Dolling out food packages, COHI has reached out to 25 vulnerable households in Ibadan, Oyo State. The head of the group is Grace Ayoola, an undergraduate of University of Ibadan.