From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Lebanese Community in Kano on Saturday, donated food items and other essential commodities worth millions of Naira to Kano state COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee, as part of their contribution for palliative programme as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has continued to ravage the world.
Presenting the items to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Consule General of Lebanese Community in Kano, Mr. Khaleel Musulmaniya, said the commodities include 30 Tonnes of rice and 2,000 packets of spaghetti.
Others are 1,000 bags of Ikg Dawavita, 500 packets of Juice drinks, 1,548 Hand Sanitizers, 1,500 Protective Garments, 20 boots, 500 cartons of WAW detergent, among many other items.
Khaleel stated that, “Your Excellency, we are giving this in order to give our helping hands in alleviating some of the sufferings of those needy individuals in the state, during this situation.
“We are always supporting what the state is doing as quick and proactively response against the COVID-19 situation.”
Ganduje upon receipt of the items handed them over to the Chairman of Kano COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello.
Prof. Bello also conducted Ganduje round the warehouses where all items were stocked.
Prof. Bello commended the Lebanese Community and disclosed that, they are always up and doing in anything that has to do with the development of the state.
According to him, “another good thing about the Lebanese here is that, even before the coming of this deadly COVID-19 crisis, they are good at helping the needy amongst us.”
He added that, “our Committee has also recently got another contribution from Poultry Farmers Association, that donated 2,000 cartoons of eggs which we have already given out to Children’s Home.”
Prof. Bello narrated a touching story of one young girl of 10 years old who was saving her money for Sallah festivity, “when she heard of the Fund Raising Committee to assist the needy in the state, she came forth and gave her donation of N5,500. She gave all her savings.
“We are assuring His Excellency and the people of Kano state that whatever is collected from corporate bodies and individuals will be used judiciously.
“And we will also liaise with the main Task Force Committee on COVID-19 to see how we can locate people in hospitals who have been there even before the coming of this COVID-19 crisis.”
The Committee Chairman disclosed that they would submit their Interim Report to the Governor Ganduje by Monday, to let him know how far they have gone in the assignment given to the Committee.
In his remarks, Ganduje commended the Lebanese Community for the donation, pointing out that the Lebanese Community in Kano has been in the state for over 100 years.
“Some of them you are seeing here, their grand parents and parents were all born here. Not only them being born and bread here,” he added.
Ganduje also commended Alhaji Aminu Dantata, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u, among many others who donated generously to the Kano COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee.
“You are all aware that Alhaji Aminu Dantata donated the sum of Three Hundred Million Naira (N300m), Alhaji Aliko Dangote donated a 600-bedded Isolation Centre, which is to be cited at Kofar Mata stadium, Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u is on another project of another Isolation Centre, which is two-storey building on Court Road and many more people and corporate bodies that are up and doing,” he said.