By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the auspice of The Eye Opener Youth/Women Foundation, (TEO), on Wednesday distributed relief materials to vulnerable people in Nassarawa community of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
President/Founder of TEO, Mrs. Margaret Julius, said the group decided to reach out to the needy in Nassarawa community due the difficulties brought on citizens occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mrs. Julius disclosed that TEO has been engaged in this kind of humanitarian services before, and called for all hands to be on deck as humanity comes first.
“This season calls for empathy and compassion for our compatriots. Its not the time to stock pile food stuffs at home for your family alone, neither is it time to play religion, ethnicity or politics with human lives as we are all Nigerians.
“You’ve seen what is happening in other parts of the world, where countries’ economies have short down. We don’t have to wait for government, as government is playing its part, let us also as blessed citizens play our parts,” she said.
The TEO Founder said that even without government, there are well to do Nigerians; noting that if God blesses a man its not just for himself and immediate family, but for the sake of others.
“Remember that if you die today not a single kobo will be buried with you. Good deeds are one of those things one present to God when he comes face-to-face with his Maker,” she cautioned.
Julius further explained that the Foundation had carried out similar outreach to Kakuri community and today it was the turn of Nasarawa community.
“I want to make it clear that nobody gave TEO a kobo for this outreach. I don’t want people to misconstrue it to have originated from the government although we’re still expecting something from them.
“We know that we can’t reach out to all and sundry but the little in our custody is what we’re distributing and this comes directly from the purse of the President of TEO.
“We so much believe in transparency and if government lent us a helping hand, we’ll not hesitate to come out to declare such openly,” Julius said.
A beneficiary who spoke to Daily News Precise, Hajiya Samira Adamu, prayed Allah to protect TEO particularly the President, Mrs. Julius, who she said has not relento to help women in the community and called on other well meaning Nigerians to follow suit.
Another resident of the community, Hajiya Baraka Hashim, commended the organization, noting that because of TEO so many of them today who had nothing to feed their families can now smile home with the foodstuffs.
“I can’t say anything but pray that Allah bless Mrs. Margaret Julius and her family for remembering the vulnerable in our community today at this difficult period of our lives.”
Items distributed include: rice, beans, spaghetti, maggi seasonings, among others.