The President Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) has so far donated different food items as COVID-19 palliatives to 20 states across the federation.
The Head of the Bayelsa office of the foundation, Ms Gloria Dede, said this on Friday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, while presenting some food items to the state government.
Dede said that the gesture was designed to complement the COVID-19 response efforts of the various state governments.
She said that the programme was in its second phase, adding that the organisation had in April made similar donations to some Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in the Federal Capital Terretory, Abuja.
The head said that the items included rice, beans, sanitiser and sanitary materials.
She listed Anambra, Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Kebbi, Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto, Oyo, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers and Akwa Ibom asthe beneficiaries.
Dede said that the pandemic had negatively affected the global economy, with millions of people struggling to survive.
She said: “For us at the GJF, our gesture today is a way of complementing the efforts of different state governments by providing the palliatives to help cushion the economic impact of COVID-19 in many homes.
“The donation is an ongoing exercise and we are determined to cover other states in the country.
”For Bayelsa, we are giving 1,000 five kg bags of rice and beans to the state government as a way of complementing their COVID-19 response strategy.”
Gov. Douye Diri, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Benson Agadaga, thanked the foundation for it’s kind gesture.
Diri said that the state government fully identified with the mission and vision of the foundation, pointing out that they were in tandem with the administration’s prosperity agenda.
“We look forward to partnering with your foundation in more areas so that we can build a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Bayelsa,” he said.