Hon Benson Begins Distribution of Food Items To Second Batch of beneficiaries

Augustine Onu


Hon. Babajimi Benson presenting a bag containing food items to a beneficiary. With were Mrs Benson (left) and Mr Akeem Sanwoola(2nd right) and other beneficiaries.

Hon Babajimi Benson, Member, Federal House of Representatives and his iCare Foundation continued the noble gesture of distributing food items to elders and needy in Ikorodu Federal Constituency on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

It was praises, prayer and commendation galore as the senior citizens and other less privileged who gathered at the Hon. Babajimi Benson Federal constituency office in Ikorodu to receive food items tagged, “Sack of Mercy’ which is an initiative of Hon Babajimi Benson and his operational arm, iCare Foundation, thanked and commended the Federal lawmaker for the unique gesture.

Hon. Benson in his brief address to the second batch of the programme thanked them for their support so far and prayers.

The iCare Food Bank programme which is aimed at providing non-perishable food items for the senior citizens, less privileged and others started October 2016 with each batch of about 300 beneficiaries receiving three portions in three months. The first batch completed their ration last December.


Cross section of female beneficiaries of Hon. Benson’s gesture at the programme on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Ikorodu.

Speaking with THE IMPACT after collecting the “Sack of Mercy”, Mr Ola Emmanuel said, “I want him (Hon Benson) to continue like this. It is a nice concept and he’s a nice man and I wish him good luck.

Also, a female beneficiary, Mrs Kofo Owoola said, “The programme is okay and it is laudable one. I pray that God will continue to grant him success in his political career.

Another female beneficiary, Mrs Alake Olajide in her own reaction said, “It is a good gesture that is beneficiary to usand we will always support hin”



“We shall Continue To Assist Our People Despite Economic Challenges” Says Hon. Benson.

Impact: Sir, what is your target for this second batch of Apo Aanu?

Hon. Jimi: The target is to continue with the success of last year. So, it is still the same content, we have non-perishable food, even with the country’s economic situation, we believe that we should continue what we started last year.

Impact: Sir, considering your desire to continue with the project, how have you been coping with other legislative functions and the cost of sustaining the programme in the time of recession?

Hon. Jimi: Thank you for your question. It’s good that as journalists, you guys are among the few people who understand that as legislators, we are not responsible for certain things but out of the love for our people, we try to assist them to improve their standard of living, even though are equally being affected by the recession. I have to give kudos to my wife who is very supportive, most of the fund comes from her business. We are not giving any allocation to do things like this from the national assembly. So, it is my personal resources and contacts in the private sector that that has been assisting us in continuing the programme.

Impact: You catered for about 300 people last year, how many are you targeting this year?

Hon. Jimi: It is still the same number of people we are targeting and similarly, the quality and quantity of the packages have not reduced, so it still the same non-perishable food that those previous set got that we are giving out to this batch as well.



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