The sub-committee of the Nigeria Customs Service on distribution of relief items to IDPs and orphanages said it has continued to distribute rice, vegetable oil and bales of clothing materials to orphanage homes in Lagos, South-West, Nigeria.
According to a press statenet sent to Platform Reporters on Thursday and signed by Customs National Public Relations Officer, Mr Joseph Attah, he revealed that the Chairman of the sub Committee, Comptroller Yakubu Salihu said that so far, a total of 16, 947 of 50kg bags of rice, 915 Jerri-cans of 25 litres each and 242 bales of clothing materials have been distributed to 44 orphanages in Lagos. The cumulative number of children in these orphanages are 4028.
Some of the orphanages which benefited from this exercise in Lagos included: Little Saints Orphanage Home, Tender Hearts Orphanage Home, Sisters of Mother Teresa, Baba El Salam Orphanage, among others. He maintained that so far, the response has been encouraging and the exercise was going on smoothly.
Salihu said his team was put together by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col, Hameed Ibrahim Ali rtd to implement the Presidential directive to the Service to extend distribution of these essential items to less previlage and vulnerable Nigerians.
The on going distribution exercise will cover the four zones of the Service and expected to affect all identified and verified IDPs and orphanages across the country.