60,000 rapid test kits have been donated by the Victims Support Fund (VSF), Emergency Support Programme Task Force on COVID-19, to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Chairperson of the task force, who presented the kits in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was part of the organisation’s contribution to the national response to the pandemic.
According to Akerele-Ogunsiji, the organisation was concerned about the safety of the corps members, hence the need for support.
Akerele-Ogunsiji noted that NYSC was one of the most crucial components in terms of the high-density population across the country.
She said the organisation has been supporting the Federal Government’s efforts under the instructions of the Chairman of VSF, Gen. TY Danjuma (rtd.), through its intervention projects.
Her words, “VSF has made a donation of 54 boreholes and 216 hand-washing stations to schools in 18 states across the six geopolitical zones, including FCT, estimated at N210 million, among other interventions.
“We want to see how we can contribute to the containment of the virus through these interventions to reduce the community transmission of COVID-19 across the country.
“The Task Force on COVID-19 is an emergency response team inaugurated by Chairman of the Fund, Gen. TY Danjuma (rtd.),” she
Ogunsiji explained that the donation was to provide palliatives to displaced persons and the vulnerable including institutional support to agencies supporting the national efforts to fight COVID-19.
“VSF will continue to provide succor to vulnerable Nigerians as well as institutional support to agencies involved in the fight against Covid 19,” she added.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brig.Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, commended VSF for the kind gesture, saying that the donation was the highest so far.
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