The Rotary Club, Central Business District (CBD), Abuja, Saturday, commissioned a water project in Gidan-Gimba Community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.
The club also distributed food items including rice, noodles, vegetable oil, tomatoes puree and salt as palliatives to residents of the community to ease the burden of the lockdown by the federal and state government to check the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Speaking during the event, the Rotary District Governor, Dr Victor Onukwugha, said the gesture was part of the club’s continuous assistance to the people and in support of government’s efforts to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are not going to support with water and palliatives alone, we have other areas of focus like education and little skills, maternal and child healthcare, economic empowerment, water and sanitation, among others.
“The water project and the palliatives were funded by the club members. We continue to do this and we will also extend some personal protective equipment to the front line people helping with the intervention,” he said.
Onukwugha said that the rotary club’s palliatives had also been distributed in some other states, noting that the community was lucky to have been adopted by the club to help the people.
Distributing the materials, the President of the Club, Mrs Yelwa Abubakar, said the gesture was part of activities to reach out to the needy especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have come to assist families as a way to show our support and bring relief materials to them,” she said.
The president said that Rotarians had passion for helping the less privileged and the club had adopted the Gidan-Gimba community for its projects in the last four years.
Also speaking the past Assistant Governor, Rotary Club of Abuja, Rotarian Evelyn Onyilo, who said that part of their mandate was to impact on communities, sensitised residents on the pandemic and advised them to observe personal hygiene by washing their hands with soap and water regularly and use hand sanitisers as well as maintain physical distancing among others.
On his part, the Village Head of Gidan-Gimba, Alhaji Danjuma Audu, appreciated the club stating that the members had done a lot for his community.
“We are grateful for the water project, we had no clean water before now as we drink from the stream. I will make sure we maintain the water well, also the palliative will help a lot of homes,” Audu said.
Similarly, a resident of the community, Mrs Victoria Yakubu, who benefited from the palliatives, commended the club for its constant support and appealed to the government to build a primary healthcare centre in the community.