By Juliet Umeh
To cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic among children, technology-driven transportation services, Uber, said it is partnering with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, MHA, in Nigeria to provide food packages to school-age children. within Lagos and Abuja.
The association will effectively mobilize the transportation of needed food packages to more than 260 identified food banks, to provide the necessary help and support to up to 70,000 households through food bank distributions. This enables more than three million school-age children to be fed, while supporting government response teams to stem the outbreak.
Uber National Manager in Nigeria Ridwan Olalere said: “By partnering with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, we can leverage our driver network to connect as many needy locations with essential items. In addition to the economic opportunity this provides to drivers, it offers the freedom to move what matters, ensuring that the most vulnerable communities get the assistance they need during these uncertain times. ”
Uber will also provide MHA front-line staff with transportation to and from food banks and delivery points, providing last-mile efforts to reach the most vulnerable communities.
The ministry recently said it launched the Homegrown School Feeding Program, and with Uber’s help, it will now have access to a broader set of communities.
For safety reasons, all Uber drivers and MHA staff will receive face masks and disinfectants, while being required to comply with the strict hygiene and social distancing protocols imposed by local authorities, ”added Olalere.