The Lebanese community in Kano on Saturday donated food items and other essentials commodities to the Kano state government worth over One Hundred Million Naira (N100m) as their contribution to the state palliative program to the vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic engulfing global communities.
Presenting the items to the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Consular General of Lebanese Community in Kano Mr Khaleel Musulmaniya, said the commodities include 30 Tonnes of rice and 2,000 packets of spaghetti.
According to a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar and forwarded to Solacebase said other items are 1,000 bags of Dawavita of 1kg, 500 packets of Juice drinks, 1,548 Hand Sanitizers, 1,500 Protective Garments, 20 boots, 500 cartons of WAW detergent, among many other items.
The statement quoting the Consular General said: “Your Excellency we are giving this in order to give our helping hands in alleviating some of the sufferings of those needy individuals in the state, during this situation.”
‘’After assuring that, the Lebanese community share with Kano people both good and bad situations, he further maintained that “We are always supporting what the state is doing as quick and proactively response against the COVID-19 situation,’’ said the statement.
‘’Immediately after receiving the items governor, Ganduje handed them over to the Chairman of Fund Raising Committee, Prof Muhammad Yahuza Bello. Then the governor was taken round the warehouses where all items were stocked. ‘’
Prof. Yahuza Bello in the statement commended the Lebanese community and acknowledging that they are always up and doing in anything that has to do with the development of the state.
“Another good thing about our people here is that, even before the coming of this deadly COVID-19 crisis, our people are good at helping the needy amongst us.
‘’Our Committee has also recently got another contribution from Poultry Farmers Association, they donated 2,000 cartoons of eggs. Which we have already given out to Children’s Home,” he reveals.
He gave a very touching story of a young girl of 10 years old who was saving her money for Sallah festivity when she heard of the Fund Raising Committee to assist the needy in the state, “…she came forth and gave her donation of Five Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N5,500). All her savings.”
“We are assuring His Excellency and the people of Kano state that whatever is collected from corporate bodies and individuals will be used judiciously. And we will also liaise with the main Task Force Committee on COVID-19 to see how we can locate people in hospitals who have been there even before the coming of this COVID-19 pandemic,” says Professor Bello.
The Committee Chairman discloses that they would submit their interim report to the governor by Monday, to inundate him on how far they have gone in the assignment given to the committee.
In a remark governor Ganduje commended them for the donation and appreciated that the Lebanese community in Kano has been in the state for over 100 years, emphasising that, ” Some of them you are seeing here, their grandparents and parents were all born here.’’