The Chairman / CEO of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa has joined the league of other well-meaning Ikorodu elites bringing succour and relief to indigent and vulnerable residents of Ikorodu Division, as a way of cushioning the effects of the on-going Covid-19 lockdown in the State.
Hon Dabiri-Erewa gave out the palliatives, in form of direct cash transfers to hundreds of vulnerable residents as well as youths across Ikorodu division.
Noting that the cash transfers was to help out real indigent people in the community; Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa stated that ‘lending a helping hand during this unexplainable pandemic, is not a time to show off but a time to genuinely help out people who, mostly depend on daily earnings, and because of the lockdown, daily earning has become virtually impossible’, she said.
She added that it was also targeted at several others who were still in search of job.
She also appealed to groups, communities, neighborhoods to come together and show love and care to the needy. “It’s not about Government alone, but a time to extend a hand of love and togetherness, no matter how small.’’
According to information made available to Ikorodu Oga Radio, the cash transfers were made to beneficiaries on the basis of social status and age, without consideration for political or religious affiliations.
Beneficiaries of the former three-term federal lawmaker’s cash relief included women, youths and the elderly cutting across the various constituencies with a promise to reach out to more indigent communities within Ikorodu Federal Constituency before the lockdown ends.
Mrs Rukayat Rufai, one of the beneficiaries was full of praises for Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. She said she was pleasantly surprised when she got a cash transfer without expecting it. She mentioned that she has been managing with the little funds she received and expressed so much gratitude.
Ikechukwu Daniel Obi, another beneficiary, said his smoked fish business went into comatose because of the lockdown, and described Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s gesture as that of “a savior”.
Prince Olofin, another beneficiary, said he never expected a response to his text message seeking help. He said he not only got a response but he got a credit alert in his account. He said he was also able to help others within his environment with the gesture from Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.