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An Abuja Tech Company, Intel Ape, has expressed deep concerns over the height of hunger and poverty Nigerians are faced with as the lockdown order issued by both the Federal and some State governments over the Coronavirus pandemic enters the fourth week.
Chief Executive Officer of the tech company Inne Oze, shared his worry through the Company’s Coronavirus Palliative Committee Coordinator, Taye Charles-Okon while sharing food items to pregnant and nursing mothers in Piwoyi Community, Along Airport Road, Abuja.
The Coordinator who spoke with Newsmen during the exercise should not hide her pains as hundred of hungry pregnant women, nursing mothers and the aged trooped out in their hundreds looking pale, hungry and malnourished.
According to Charles-Okon Intel Ape took the initiative to provide succour to poor Nigerians whose source of livelihood has been truncated by the lockdown order especially pregnant women and nursing mothers who are left with the responsibility of raising the next generation.
“Intel Ape is a Technology company, and we have been moved with the way Nigerians have been subjected to hunger and starvation at this trying moment.
“That was why we the management of Intel Ape decided to contribute our quota to help the government in alleviating the suffering of our people.
“Some Nigerians now beg for food, some parents give their children only water when they cry for food, and as responsibly citizens, we saw this as an opportunity to fill the vacuum.
The Coordinator stressed however used the opportunity to call on other well-meaning Nigerians to come out and do what they can to put smiles on the faces of those in their environment adding that nothing is too small to give at this time.
“If we had brought a trailer load of rice to Piwoyi community today, it would not have been enough, considering the number of people who came around to get even if it was a cup of rice and this tells us that there is severe hunger at the grassroots.”
“We are therefore calling on well-meaning Nigerians to do more; we can’t afford our people to die of hunger and starvation while hiding from Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the acting Chief of the community, Samuel Bako while appreciating Intel Ape for its kind gesture, appealed to the government to fulfil its promise of providing palliatives to the poorest of the poor and most importantly ensure the safe delivery of the food items to the people who need them the most.