The Hausa/Fulani Development Association in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has appealed to the federal government to remember them in the distribution of the palliative package proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari, especially the one for the capital city.
In a statement today, April 16, signed by its National Coordinator and National Secretary, Alhaji Mustapha Mahmoud Danfulani and Alhaji Ahmed Danlami respectively, the group said that being the largest ethnic group in FCT, they are more prone to coronavirus if they were to be out in defiance of the stay at home order.
“It is important to know that most of our members are artisans who rely on daily work and toil to make ends meet and take care of their families, but are now forced to stay at home due to the lockdown order by the government.”
The group said that they have traditional and religious heads that stand as mentors and advisers across the six Area councils in the FCT, adding that such channels should be used to ensure that the fund is disbursed appropriately to the beneficiaries.
“We appeal to the Federal Government to include our leaders in the future
palliative measures, including recruitment of social workers.”
The association regretted that it’s members are being sidelined by the office of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as well as the office of the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory in the distribution of palliatives across FCT.
The group which pledge to continue to support the Federal Government in the fight against coronavirus, commended President Buhari for increasing household that would benefit from the palliative by one million.
The group appealed to private sector and foreign organizations that recently donated cash and materials to the federal government to extend the same assistance to its members.