Listeners of the Dabe Yi Baza radio programme on Friday distributed food items and other essentials to Nupe residents in Ilorin to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown directive in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dabe Yi Baza, a Nupe personality programme on the Albarika FM, Ilorin which means “come let’s discuss together” is produced and presented by an ace Broadcaster, Fatimah Asabe Jiyah.
Speaking with NAN after the distribution of the items among Nupe residents in Idi Ape, Sango and Ojagboro areas of Ilorin, Mr Hussani Yunusa, the chairman of the Dabe Yi Baza Palliative Committee said that the gesture was to complement government’s efforts to ameliorate the effect of the stay-at-home order on their people.
Yunusa said that the items were donated by members of the WhatsApp group created for the listeners of the radio programme.
“We gathered ourselves together to do this. We get donations from our friends and we’ll wishers to distribute food palliatives and complement state government efforts in what it is doing to support the less privileged in the society.
“This, actually, we believe will go in a long way in ameliorating the effect of lockdown in the state on the people.
“I believe this token we have distributed to the Nupe communities in Idi Ape, Sango and Oja gboro here will go in a long way to ameliorate the hardship of the people here during this lockdown”, he said.
The chairman also asserted that the committee had used the opportunity to sensitize the people on social distancing, hand washing and other guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO) to contain the spread of the disease.
“Dabi Yi Baza in our local parlance means come let’s discuss together. In this platform we discuss development that concerns Nupeland spanning the Niger state, Kwara and Kogi state even part of Kaduna state and the FCT.
“This a forum that brings all of us together. So in this we actually thought it wise because it is on this platform that we discuss out socio-cultural upliftment, promotion of our culture.
“That actually is what is binding us.
The programme is always aired on Albarika FM every Saturday.
It is on that platform we all agree to support the government in what it is doing. We tried in our own small way in reaching out to our own community members resident in Ilorin.
The donors ,he said were majorly civil servants, farmers and even unemployed.
NAN reports that items distributed included 5kg bags of rice, 10kg of semovita, cartons of indomie noodles, Dankuwa and Kulikuli, a local delicacy among others.
Also speaking, Jiyah, the producer and presenter of the programme said she was elated with the success of the project.
The producer said the palliative measure was to touch the lives of the downtrodden among Nupe people residing in Ilorin.
Reacting to the gesture, Mr Abdullahi Manko, one of the beneficiaries commended the group for the palliative measure.
He said that the distribution was timely as it came when the effect of the directive was biting harder on the citizens.
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