OnitshaPresident-General, Onitsha Improvement Union (OIU), Sir Chike Ekweogwu, one of the top personalities that monitored the distribution of food items to less privileged, indigents and residents of the community praised the effort.
The items for distribution were part of palliatives purchased through funds donated by illustrious sons and daughter of the community at home and in The Diaspora, to cushion the effects of hardship brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The items include 2,000, 5kg bags of rice, 2,000, 5kg bags of beans, 2,000 sachets of vegetable oil, 2,000 sachets tomatoes and 2,000 of other of cooking condiments.
According to him, the less privileged and the indigent members of the community including widows need more love and care, especially at this period, when the entire world is facing hard times as a result of Coronavirus.
Sir Ekweogwu commended the Traditional Ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, for his contribution in the launch of the appeal funds for the items.
He applauded Anambra State for Palliatives Package initiative, including the distribution of 200 bags of rice to 181 communities in the state.
The PG said that the sharing of the items were not only to the indigents, but also for the sick, disabled, residents and some youths that lost their means of livelihood as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Coronavirus pandemic is not something we wish to experience in this world; everybody must contribute to tackle this situation,’’ he explained.
“Onitsha COVID-19 Response Committee opened an account, where our people at home and abroad raised funds that have been used to purchase these items.
“In order to maintain social distancing, we are sharing the items from village to village on different days, which commenced on from May, 18 to end on May 23, to avoid crowding at the Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium, venue of the sharing.’’
According to Chief Chulo Asika Akpe Olodi of Onitsha, who was present to ensure fairness in the distribution process, the food is for every indigent and some residents of the community.
He thanked all the donors, saying that Obi of Onitsha had tasked that there should be no discrimination in the sharing.
Akpe Olodi expressed satisfactions at the manner that the PG and the committee had applied in conducting the distribution.
Some of the Mrs Nkem Morah from Ogbozoma Village, Onitsha expressed her gratitude to sponsors of palliatives.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Rita Okosi, remarked that Onitsha son and daughters had demonstrated that they were their brothers’ keepers.
One of the facilitators from the Response Team, Mrs Rita Okolonji said she was happy at how Onitsha people at home and abroad rallied to raise the funds for this operation.
Source: Anambra State Government