Saturday, 10th July will remain a memorable day for about 2, 500 families that benefitted from the food drive distribution initiative of the fast rising pentecostal Church, The Elevation Church, Ikorodu.
The food distribution exercise, which was jointly sponsored by The Elevation Church and its social intervention arm, PISTIS Foundation was supported by the Ikorodu Oga Development Association (IKODASS).
About 2,500 vulnerable families drawn from adjoining Ikorodu communities and the six (6) local council areas were nominated from the community development associations, through the Apex body of all CDAs, the CDC led by Alh Shonibare.
The food drive initiative was targeted at vulnerable families, the aged, unemployed youths and people living with disabilities. These group.of people, according to the organisers of the event were the worst hit by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the initiative, Pastor Kola Fayemi, Resident Pastor of The Elevation Church, Ikorodu noted that, ‘many families were yet to recover from the negative econommic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the least we can do for them, to show that we are concerned and we care. It is our own little way of showing responsibility to our Ikorodu Community’, he said.
Ikorodu Oga Radio had a chat with some of the beneficiaries. Many of them commended The Elevation Church, PISTIS Foundation and Ikorodu Oga Development Association (IKODASS) for facilitating the highly impactful programme for the benefits of the vulnerables.
A retired Lagos State Civil servant, Alhaja Enifeni Stated that, ‘this programme is very good. It will help many who cannot afford to feed the opportunity to feed themselves and their families. God bless the organisers’.
Mr Mukaila Atobajaye, a father of three (3) who is living with disability charged politicians and the government at all levels to borrow a leaf from the food drive initiative for the benefit of the downtrodden.
‘There is serious hunger in the land presently. People like us can barely feed. Though I am disabled, I am not a beggar. I do bicycle repairs for a living but, the economic situation in the country is very harsh and it is difficult to survive. Our politicians and government need to organise programmes like this more often to cushion the biting effect of economic hardship on the common man’.
Another beneficiary who simply gave her name as Anuoluwapo noted that, those who are gainfully employed are not guaranteed of food, hence her appreciation to God and the organisers of the food distribution programme for their generosity.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Ikorodu Oga Development Association (IKODASS), Mr Rotimi Erogbogbo disclosed that he feels fulfilled seeing smiles on the faces of thousands vulnerable families drawn from across the Ikorodu Division who are beneficiaries of the food distribution drive.
He added that, IKODASS will continue to partner with like-minded organisations to execute programmes that would uplift the good people of Ikorodu and its environs.
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