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VSF forms COVID-19 task force to provide N1bn worth palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians

The Chairman of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd)
The Chairman of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd)

The Chairman of the Victims Support Fund (VSF), Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) has inaugurated a task force on COVID-19, mandated to provide palliative measures to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups around the country as part of its contribution to national efforts to fight COVID-19.

The task force will provide 1 Billion Naira worth of medical supplies, food, water and non-food items for IDPs and others who will face special challenges at this difficult time, Alkasim Abdulkadir, Spokesman of VSF has disclosed.

“The task force shall also work closely with all federal and state government organs and agencies tasked with the responsibility of providing direction and leadership in the fight against COVID-19, including the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and all relevant MDAs.

“The task force will also extend support to other frontline organizations working to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus,” he added in a statement made available to Daily Trust.

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Gen. Danjuma said that the intervention had become necessary in view of the global devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and the huge human challenges it poses for the country.

He added that the country must do everything to ensure that the spread is curtailed.

He also urged the committee to embark on massive sensitization campaigns amongst vulnerable groups to inform and educate them on the best hygiene and sanitation practices in order to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The committee has the following as members; Mrs Toyosi-Akerele Ogunsuji: Chairperson; Dr Bulama Mali Gubio, Member; Amb John Gana, Member; Mr Sunday Oibe, Member; Mr Alkasim Abdulkadir, Member and Prof. Sunday Ochoche, Member.

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