By Murtala Muhammad
Over three point three billion naira has been spent by the Victims Support Fund (VSF) through provision of relief materials for the indigent during the Covid-19 national lockdowns across the six geo-political zones of the country and the Federal capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
The VSF Chairperson, Task Force on Covid-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji made this known during a courtesy visit to Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, in his office.
Mrs. Akerele-Ogunsiji said from April to December 2020 the VSF in the first phase spent N1bn, N882m in the second phase and N1.5bn in third phase of the relief interventions, these according to her was in view of the fact that most of the beneficiaries survived on daily income and that the lockdown poses threat on their economy.
She explained that the states include Adamawa, Borno, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Taraba, Ogun, Yobe and Zamfara.
The Chairperson Victims Support Fund, Task Force on Covid-19 stressed that the VSF would not relent in the provision of assistance to the poor and the vulnerable across the country.
Mrs. Akerele-Ogunsiji also informed the Commissioner that the organization was constructing solar powered boreholes to improve Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in fifty four secondary schools across eighteen states in all the six geo-political zones of the country of which Bauchi was among the benefiting states.
Responding, the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Usman Tilde who was impressed with the VSF interventions, thanked the fund for choosing Bauchi to benefit under one of its multi-sectoral gestures as it would go a long way in complementing government effort in tackling water shortage in the selected schools.