The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial district, Istifanus Gyang, on Wednesday commenced the distribution of rice to his constituents as palliatives for the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
The Senator, who flagged off the distribution on Wednesday at Tafawa Balewa Street, Jos North, said the palliative was aimed at alleviating his constituents’ hardship in the wake of total lockdown in the state.
Represented by his Special Adviser, Nafisatu Oma, the Senator said: “This palliative is to let you know that we share your pains and we truly care, particularly to those who had been vulnerable even before the pandemic broke out.
“In the course of my campaign, I promised to serve everyone irrespective of religions, and tribes, and when I won the election by the grace of God, I maintained my position to be a representative of everyone who is resident in this constituency. To this end, what we are doing today is for everybody.”
The lawmaker, therefore, urged the constituents to be prayerful, patient and brothers’ keepers “in this trying times and even beyond”.
Mr Gyang also appealed to State and Federal Governments to provide some palliative measures to ease the suffering of the people.
He urged the people to stay safe by following precautionary measures given by the government and health professionals to stop the spread of the virus.
Speaking with newsmen, some of the beneficiaries, John Kefas and Ibrahim Lawal, thanked the Senator for the gesture, calling on other politicians to emulate the gesture.
According to them, the essence of leadership is to offer service.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the beneficiaries of the food item are mostly widows, orphans, youths and the aged.