Over 7,350 orphans benefit from Customs relief items- Says Comptroller Yakubu
By Udeme Clement
The Chairman, Customs sub-committee on distribution of relief items, Comptroller Salihu Yakubu has said that 7,350 orphans in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states are beneficiaries of the kind gesture of Federal Government on allocation of items.
He made this known during allocation of items in Ogun Customs Command, explained that the 7,350 orphans belong to 134 orphanages in the States mentioned above.
According to him, “So far, the Nigeria Customs Service has donated over 32,576 bags of rice, 1,794 kegs of Vegetable oil and 329 bales of secondhand clothes to orphanages in Ogun and South West States.
Comptroller Yakubu pointed out that allocation of relief materials to orphanages in the country is in line with the Presidential directive aims at helping the less privileged in the country.
His explanation, “After inauguration of the committee, we acted immediately by identifying and verifying all IDPs and orphanages in various States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
“The Committee started this important assignment in Zone ‘A’, Lagos, on February 12, 2019. So, three weeks into the exercise, positive impact has been made in the lives of orphans within the Zone”.
Giving the figures of items distributed, he mentioned, “Relief items distributed so far include 32,576 bags of rice; 1,794 kegs of vegetable oil; 329 bales of secondhand clothes; 47 bags of Sugar; 2,675 pairs of shoes and many other items.
“The orphanages that benefited include; Little Saints, Raco child, Vigilant Heart, Jesus kids and Stella Obasanjo children home.
“In carrying out this important assignment, we are guided strictly by the directive to ensure that items are allocated only to recognised orphanages.
“That is not all. The allocated items are escorted with landing certificates, which must be signed by managers of such homes on receiving the items. This is to ensure that allocated items get to intended recipients”.
His words, “Apart from being an official assignment, we equally see this exercise as spiritually rewarding, even as we appreciate the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Ali Hameed, for considering us worthy of carrying out activities that positively impacts on the lives of the less privileged in the society”.