As part of activities marking its 64th anniversary, the Nigerian Navy on Monday, June 1, 2020, in the federal capital territory, distributed palliatives and Personal Protective Equipment, PPE to more than 600 indigenes of Kuje and Jiwa Communities with a view to ameliorating their hardship caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.
The palliatives which included foodstuff like bags of rice, cartons of Indomie, vegetable oil, hand sanitizers, face masks, and water containers/drums for hygienic purposes among others were distributed separately at the two communities.
Speaking at Gomo Community in Kuje, the representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, and Director of Administration at Naval headquarters, Rear Admiral Jatau Luka said the palliatives distribution was part activities to commemorate the one week celebration of the Nigerian Navy 64th anniversary which started last week.
He said the distribution was also a way to appreciate cooperation and good neighbourliness of the host communities to the Nigerian Navy.
Rear Admiral Luka further explained that “During the previous Navy week anniversary, medical outreaches were carried out in host communities across the country where medical assistance and free treatment was carried out, to appreciate them for being good hosts to the Nigerian Navy.
“However, because of the ongoing COVID19, the medical outreaches could not be carried out. This resulted to the distribution of palliatives and PPE to mitigate the impact of COVID19 on the needy and less privilege host communities curtsey the Chief of Naval Staff.”
“In line with the Nigerian Navy Corporate Social Responsibility, Kuje and Jiwa communities were selected by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, to appreciate and promote the cordial relationship with the Nigerian Navy.
At Kuje, the palliatives were presented to the Emir of Gomo while at Jiwa; the District Head received the palliatives on behalf of the indigenes.
The representative of the Chief of Naval Staff also thanked the host communities saying the Nigerian Navy is glad to give back to then no matter how small”.
In their response, a member of Gomo community Mallam Mohammed commended the Nigerian Navy for the palliatives saying it was very timely as the COVID 19 lockdown had really caused hunger and hardship for the people of the community particularly children and expressed hope that the cordial relationship will continue.
At Jiwa, a representative of the Emir of Jiwa, District head Alhaji Mohammed Danladi thanked the Nigerian Navy for remembering the people and counting them worthy of the palliatives.
He promised that the palliatives and other items would be distributed fairly and equally amongst the less privilege in the community.
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