A foundation run by former President Good luck Jonathan has donated foodstuffs to 20 states in the country in its ongoing distribution of palliatives to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisation, christened Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, said efforts were underway to ensure that other states benefit from the donations.
Head of Bayelsa office of the foundation, Ms Gloria Dede, made this known yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, while presenting some items to the Bayelsa State Government.
According to her, the gesture is to complement the COVID-19 response efforts of the various state governments.
Dede said: “Food items such as rice and beans, hand sanitisers and other sanitary materials have been donated to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and 20 other states.
She mentioned some of the states that had benefitted so far as Anambra, Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Ekiti.
Other states are Kebbi, Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto, Oyo, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Rivers and Akwa Ibom.
Dede noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had brought about a devastating impact on economies and governance around the world, thereby affecting the lives and livelihood of millions of citizens.
In a related development, the former President has provided covid-19 palliatives to the government and people of Nasarawa State.
Immediate past governor of the state and Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura led the ex-president’s team to present the items to the state governor, Abdullahi Sule.
Senator Al-Makura said the effort is part of the ex-president’s contribution to cushion the effect of Covid-19 pandemic.
The food items donated include 2000 bags of rice, beans and maize