From left: Chairman of the Alumni Association of the National Institute, (AANI), Lagos Chapter, Barr. Rotimi Edu; Lagos State; Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperative, Hon. Gbolahan Lawal; Vice Chairman AANI, Ms Omolara Balogun and Hon. Treasurer, ESV (Mrs) Olayinka Patuola-Ajayi during the presentation of Covid-19 palliatives to Lagos State Government in Lagos, recently.
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Chuks Udo Okonta
The Alumni Association of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI) has joined public spirited institutions in supporting the efforts of the Lagos State Governing to curb the raging Covid-19 pandemic and alleviate the suffering of the less privileged in the State.
The Association donated relief items which included 500 bags of 10kg and 10 bags of 50kg bags of rice; 500 cartoons of noodles and 1,000 face masks worth a total of N6 million to the State government.
Making the presentation, the Chairman of AANI, Lagos Chapter, Barr. Rotimi Edu said the gesture was an indication of the resolve of the Association to always identify with the federal and various State governments in their strides at combating the global pandemic.
Edu disclosed that AANI as a responsive Association had been playing credible roles in supporting government in communities in times of challenges and applauded the giant strides of the Lagos State government for putting in place strategic and pragmatic initiatives in slowing down the effect of the pandemic in the State.
“As an association, we have a strong record of supporting our communities, through challenging times and today we are here to encourage the efforts of the State government as a keen partner”
Edu stressed that similar gestures were going on simultaneously at Kano and Kaduna States, while other state chapters of the Association were already on hand to give succor to the governments on the pandemic as time goes on.
He applauded the healthcare providers and other frontline professionals in the ongoing war against the scourge across the country, appealing that it was time for the private sector, corporate institutions and well-meaning Nigerians to accelerate their collaboration and support government to fight the pandemic which he said had upstaged all projections in the socio economic development of all nations of the world.
Receiving the relief on behalf of the Governor of Lagos State, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Hon. Gbolahan Lawal applauded AANI for living up to its brand as one of the most progressive Associations in Nigeria and particularly for its great support for the State government in curbing the pandemic.
Lawal stated that Lagos State had continued to confronted the pandemic headlong, a situation which he said was responsible for the disease relatively slow spread, urging the people to always adhere to the health advisory, social distancing and wearing of face masks to flatten the curve of the pandemic in good time.