The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has commenced the third phase of its N3.3 billion intervention fund for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. See how to apply.
Targeting up to one million Nigerian homes which have been most affected by the pandemic, the VSF foundation is making up to N1.3 billion available to support vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.
About the N3.3 billion COVID-19 Victims Support Fund
Chairperson, VSF Task Force on COVID-19, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsuji stated that the VSF had already spent about $2.6 billion in the first and second phase of its COVID-19 intervention programme.
“The total amount will be around N3.3 billion. It includes the money spent on the provision of 54 solar-powered boreholes installed in schools across 18 states in the six geo-political zones of the county.“
We are targeting indigent and vulnerable households in the country, that is very important to us, and by the time we have done this intervention we will have over one million individuals who have been touched by the VSF interventions,” she added.
Ogunsuji explained that the VSF is contributing 60,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to aid the re-opening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps for the quick testing of Corps members to determine those who have been infected by the virus.
Also, she mentioned that the support fund has been used to procure medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated to healthcare personnel in 16 of the 30 states across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Eligibility for N3.3 billion COVID-19 Victims Support Fund
To apply, interested persons must fulfil the VSF’s eligibility criteria which includes being Nigerian citizens and possess valid means of identification such as birth certificates, national identity cards, voter’s cards or local government of origin certificates.
More importantly, persons applying must have been notably affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. People who have lost their means of livelihood or been displaced from their places of residence are welcome to apply for the fund.
How to apply for N3.3 billion COVID-19 Victims Support Fund
In a phone chat with Technext, VSF information Desk Officer, Mr Vatt explained that applications for the COVID-19 intervention fund have to be made by post.
According to him, “persons applying have to write a letter of application addressed to the Chairperson VSF Task Force on COVID-19, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsuji. Applicants are required to detail how they have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining their present disadvantaged situation.“
The letter should be sealed in an envelope and mailed by post to this address: No.10 Lake Alau Close, Off Lake Chad Crescent Maitama, Abuja. Watt stated that persons can deliver the application letters through courier services and other logistics companies.
Successful applicants will be provided with palliative supplies and relief packages as required to enable their recovery.
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