“We were told people in government would come to Narayi Primary School to share food. I joined others there. But, there were too people – both young and old. Each was struggling to get a bit of what was being shared.
“My name is Maureen Sento. I hailed from Kagoro in Kaura Local Government Area in Kaduna State. My husband is from Plateau State. I am 60 years old and we live on Turunku Street, Narayi.
“Yesterday, I had to struggle to scoop food that fell sideway so I could get something to cook for my family. My son, who used to support us died in Lagos sometime ago. I also lost two sons in 2019.
“Things have since been difficult for us”, she narrated when Gobroadsheet.com visited her place in Narayi, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Daily Sun reports that, the Kaduna State Government had earmarked the sum of N500 million palliative funds to procure and distribute food items to vulnerable populations in the eight pilot Local Government Areas of the State to cushion the effect of Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown in the State.
However, the way the distribution was done varied from one Local Government to the other and one cluster within the benefiting Local Government to the other. While some were organised y in the distribution, others were chaotic.
For example, the team that managed a cluster like Angwan Rimi in Kaduna North Local Government Area was organised. Narayi in Chikun Local Government Area was an exact contrast.
The woman in this picture captured what transpired in her cluster this way, “They came, they were beating people and pouring the foodstuffs on the ground. They would throw the items, the crowd would grab and tear them. I had no strength for all the pushing and struggle.
“I waited by the side in case any pack fell near me. The more I struggled to grab at least a pack of spaghetti, the more the stronger ones beat me to it.
“After all the struggle, I saw se spaghetti scattered on the ground. I was sure that if I could gather it, I could sort it out and get some that we can eat.
“I used to sell in the market but the market has been closed down and has rendered me ‘jobless’. Though my husband is alive, but, there is little or nothing he can do as a ‘mai-guard’.
“My son who was the breadwinner of the family lived in Lagos, but one ill-fated day, they just called to say he was dead. As if that was not enough, my younger children who were 43 and 42 respectively also died in 2019.
“Since then, myself and my husband who is a ‘mai guard’ have been fending for ourselves and six other children who are unemployed. We will appreciate any help from Nigerians”, she added.
By Sola Ojo, Kaduna 08/04/2020