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Muslim community donates relief packages to Oyo indigents

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NOT less than 500 less-privileged are to benefit from food items tagged “COVID19/ Ramadan Relief Package” sponsored by Bodija Estate and environs Muslim Community. 

The food items include rice, beans, Semovita, garri, groundnut oil, and sugar.

Chairman of the community, Alhaji Abidemi Siyanbade at the commencement of the distribution of the package at the Islamic Centre, Bodija Housing Area, Ibadan, said the gesture was to cushion the effects of the current economic situation on the people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He explained that the project which gulped about N5million was through the support of members as well as other good spirited Nigerians and used the opportunity to seek more donations so as to cater for another set as “there are over one thousand people on the list”.

“So, we want to assist some members of our community and the less privileged. We have various relief materials here including face masks which are washable”.

Alhaji Siyanbade said the community used to organise daily breaking of fast annually but because of the current situation, they decided to assist the needy with the packages.

“People, should spend in the way of Allah. What we do here for 30 or 29 days during Ramadan is provision of breaking of fast for people. We also have Itikaf, but due to coronavirus ravaging the world, we know that it is from Almighty Allah, the prophet told us that when there is an epidemic, and people in a place should stay where they are.”

He said in line with the social distancing order, messages had been sent to beneficiaries on when to come to get their packages, stressing that at no time would they be more than ten people for each batch.

“The plan is for 500 people, we have sent messages to them. People will come here and pick and go. We have suspended the weekly Jummat prayer here and we have suspended the five daily compulsory prayers here.”

“The package has cost us close to N5million. We don’t want the less-privileged to know the impact of this coronavirus. We have the list of those whom are beneficiaries already”.

Some of the beneficiaries appreciated the community and said the support had brought succour to their families.

Precautionary measures were put in place to prevent spread of COVID-19 at the mosque as soap and running water, as well as hand sanitisers were provided at the gate while social distancing was also maintained.

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