By Taiwo Okanlawon
The InnerCity Mission for Children, a non-governmental organization under the auspices of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International has donated food items to the Lagos state government to help soften the effects of the compulsory lockdown in the state which has affected many who survive through their daily means of sustenance.
The organization will also help the government in the distribution of the food items, targeting vulnerable children, households, and communities to help them cushion the effects of the government’s stay-at-home directive by government to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Director of Innercity Mission for Children, Mrs. Omo Alabi, who led the team to present the items to the state government was received by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Gbolahan Lawal and the state’s commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority office.
According to Mrs. Alabi, the organization decided to support the Lagos state government to cushion the effects of lockdown on Lagosians as the Coronavirus outbreak has affected all areas of human endeavor.
She further said the founder of the InnerCity Mission for Children, Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome is committed to working with the government to ensure that efforts to combat the virus are not made in vain by those who may be driven to the streets as a result of hunger.
In her words, “We deem it necessary, as a faith-based organisation to lend our own support for the laudable efforts of the government to cushion the unsettling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on many families in Lagos State.
“As a caring organisation we realized that we cannot be indifferent to the plight of many challenged masses of the state. We are trying to stretch out a hand of kindness to those who ordinarily will not have anyone to care for them,” she stated.
“Our goal is to ensure that indigent children and families are safe and fed even as the world fights against Covid19. As we reach out to these needy with food supplies, it is our prayer that soon we will be able to put this behind us and our cities will return back to normal,” she added.
Receiving the relief materials on behalf of the Lagos State Government, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, commended the Innercity Mission for Children for the kind gesture.
While calling on other faith-based orgainsations in the state to emulate the InnerCity Mission of the Christ Embassy and its founder, Dr. Chris Oyahkilome, Mr. Lawal said the state has distributed relief materials to over 200,000 individuals in the state.
“We have been able to do this through the support of people and faith-based organisations like the InnerCity Mission, and we’re going to do more. We’re calling on all faith-based organisations in the state not to relent in their prayers and other support to the state at this critical moment,” he added.
InnerCity Mission for Children was birthed as a vision of the world-renowned Pastor and Philanthropist, Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome to take action to meet the needs of indigent children and families.
For more than a decade, the InnerCity Mission has actively carried out various programs and initiatives that have impacted the lives of millions of needy children and families. From reaching the indigent in one country, our reach and impact has spread to over 50 countries benefitting over 20 million people, mostly children.
The foundation remains at the forefront of providing relief to vulnerable children, underserved and hard-to-reach communities in times of crisis and one of our primary interventions is food support.