By Funmilayo Adeyemi
When the poor are fed, the burden of poverty is lessened – African adage
As a means of reducing the effects of hunger as a result of the current economic recession on the aged, widows, needy, the vulnerable and others in need of food in the society, i’CARE FoodBank, an initiative of I’Care Foundation, by a member of the Federal House of Representative, Hon. Babajimi Benson held a massive food distribution programme at the Igbobo/Ipakodo Road, Ikorodu, constituency office of the lawmaker. This was part of activities to celebrate the first year anniversary of the public spirited foundation.
The Foundation has recorded huge successes as records revealed that almost 5,000 ICare Food bank packages have been distributed across the division since the project commenced last year with the latest held on October 16, 2017.
Over 300 constituents were represented, and were given food items tagged, “Aapo Anu” (sack of mercy), and they expressed their appreciation with showers of encomium on the lawmaker.
According to the lawmaker, whose benevolence has seen to the catering of many families, “ICare Foundation is a continuous program that will touch the lives of many people with the strife to achieve a good balance of all the food groups that provide nutritional value for the bodies while also ensuring that none of the items in the bag are perishable items.”
Bills and motion that have generated discourse in the House of Representatives in recent times and particularly the overview of the Special Economic Status for Lagos State Bill had been moved by Hon. Babajimi Benson to better the lot of the average Lagosian.
Hon. Benson, representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, had reasoned that with Lagos State contributing over 50% percent of Value Added Tax (VAT) generated in Nigeria; accounting for a quarter of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and with a population hovering around 25 million people, the state was overdue for special duties.