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March 25, 2024

Hardship: It’s insensitive to throw 60th birthday party — Sen Abiru distributes food to 10,000 in Lagos

Hardship: It’s insensitive to throw 60th birthday party — Sen Abiru distributes food to 10,000 in Lagos

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA, on Monday, distributed over 10,000 food packs to vulnerable households across the 98 wards in the 16 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs and Local Government Areas, LGAs in the district.

Abiru, explained that the gesture has become necessary because it would be a smack of crass insensitivity for him to throw a social party, entertaining guests when most of the people were struggling to meet their basic needs, particularly food amid the current economic challenges.

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The gifted items was organised mainly to reach out to vulnerable members of his senatorial district obviously affected by the current economic crunch in commemoration of mark his 60th birthday, on March 25.

The senator, who has been supporting the needy with food packs every quarter, increased the food packs to 10,000 food to vulnerable households.

Abiru, in his birthday goodwill message to the residents, appreciated God for his kindness towards him and his household.

He specifically appreciated his wife, Fesyisola, whom he described as his pillar of support and his children for their unwavering support.

In the same vein, the lawmaker showed profound gratitude to the people of Lagos East Senatorial District, for availing him the opportunity to serve them, as well as leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, particularly, President Bola Tinubu, who made remarkable impact in his political journey.

According to Abiru; “I am using the special ocassion of my 60th birthday to identify with you, my esteemed Constituents in this current economic hardship largely due to wrong policy choices of past administrations, which the current government is trying to correct.

“It will be a smack of crass insensitivity for me to throw a social party, entertaining guests when most of our people are struggling to meet their basic needs, particularly food.

“Therefore, I shelved all social plans and decided to celebrate by providing Food Packs to over 10,000 households in Lagos East Senatorial District.

“Like I have been doing every quarter, the categories of vulnerable people are : Widows, Persons Living with Physical Disabilities, Unemployed Youths, Women and the aged. For more inclusiveness and wider reach, vulnerable people who were shortlisted from online nominations will also benefit.

“I am optimistic that this pain will not last forever. Frantic efforts of the Federal Government in ensuring food security, commodity prices stability and various interventions by our own State Governor will ease the pains in no distant time.

“My commitment to deliver on my mandate remains unshaken, on the three pillars of: Legislative, Empowerment/Facilitations and Endowment, which my interventions are anchored on, will be further deepened to ensure greater good to a larger number of our people.”

Recall that the latest gesture was not the first direct humanitarian assistance for the needy that Abiru has done.

He had earlier disbursed more than N150 million in about 24 months to over 2,500 vulnerable people under his COVID-19 Financial Relief Scheme.

Also, each month, beneficiaries received direct credit of N5,000 each as welfare assistance for the period the programme lasted.