Customs Service distributes over 30,000 bags of rice, other items to orphanages



The Nigeria Customs Service has given out 32,576 bags of rice, 1,794 kegs of vegetable oil, 329 bales of used clothes and other relief materials to some orphanages in Ogun State and other South-West communities.
The Service disclosed that some of the beneficiaries of the largesse include Little Saints, Raco Child, Vigilant Heart, Jesus Kids and Stella Obansanjo Children’s Home.

Comptroller Yakubu Salihu, the Sub-committee Chairman of the distribution of the relief items to orphanages in Zone ‘A’,  made this known at the kick-off of the donations in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday.
Yakubu said the exercise is in line with a presidential directive aimed at bringing succour and ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and orphans.
“Immediately after the inauguration of the committee, we swung into action identifying and verifying all IDPs and orphanages in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The sub-committee under my leadership kick-started this important assignment in Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service in Lagos on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
“Three weeks into the exercise, we are happy to announce that a great impact has been made in the lives of orphans in the Zone in line with the Federal Government intention to alleviate the suffering of the less privilege citizens,” Yakubu said.
According to Yakubu, 134 orphanages with a total of 7,350 orphans in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states have received relieved materials from the Customs Service.
He said the Sub-Committee would soon move to Zone B, Kaduna and other north western states.
Meanwhile, operators of the various orphanages have to duly sign landing certificates as they receive the items, to ensure transparency and ascertain that the items get to those they are meant for.