The Kogi state chapter of the Master Bakers and Confectioners’ Association of Nigeria (MBCAN) has donated 100,000 loaves of bread as palliatives to vulnerable persons across the 21 local government areas of the state.
Mr. Gabriel Adeniyi, chairman of the association, flagged-off the distribution of the bread at the palace of the Ohimege-Igu of Koton-Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah-Koto on Wednesday in Koton-Karfe.
Adeniyi said the gesture was part of the association’s contribution to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown in the state on the people, especially the vulnerable.
He said the pandemic had wreaked havoc on the socio-economic lives of many families in the state and brought untold hardship to them.
He said such people had been compelled to look unto governments, corporate organisations and spirited Individuals for their survival.
He said the association was pained by the increasing difficulty for parents to feed their families this critical period, adding that the association had waded in to provide succour for the people.
Adeniyi decried the prevailing high cost of production of bread, but said that in spite of the odds, the association was able to provide thousands of jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.
The chairman said the association had reduced crimes in the state through the provision of employment.
He added that the association would move from Lokoja to Okene, Kabba and the Eastern flank of the state to distribute bread to the people.
Adeniyi commended the federal and state governments for promptly dealing with the disease and urged corporate organisations and individuals to contribute their quota in reducing COVID-19 burden on the people.
He urged the people to always observe the guidelines and regulations put in place by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to avoid the pandemic.
In his remarks, the monarch, Isah- Koto, said the choice of Koton-Karfe to begin the distribution of the commodity was not out of place, but a recognition of the place as the center of civilisation in the state.