Palliative: Ohanaeze, traditional ruler, others donate food items, cash

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Palliative: Traditional ruler with bags of rice, etc
State Chairman of Ohanaeze, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene presenting the cheque at Government House

THE Anambra State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has joined individuals and organizations in the state to donate money and various food items to the state government and communities in the state as palliative to alleviate the pains of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Joining the Ohanaeze Wednesday was Njikoka Transition Committee Chairman of the Council, Chief George Ozo and the traditional ruler of Ihiala, Igwe Thomas Obidiegwu and his cabinet members.

Ohanaeze presented a cheque of N200,000 to the state government to help its fight against the spread of Covid-19 in the state at the Government House Awka. The  State Chairman of Ohanaeze, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene, who presented the cheque, noted that the government’s proactive measures have proved effective as Anambra remains one of the states with the lowest index case.

Ozo, presented food items at Abagana to the community leaders for distribution in the six communities of the council area.

He said that the palliative is a way of alleviating the hardships of the present lockdown and that the items are targeted at over 50 homes in each of the communities through credible stakeholders in the area.

His wife, Vivian and the Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) in Njikoka,  Charles Okongwu commended the state government and advised the citizens to remain supportive by staying home as well reach out to their neighbors whose daily feeding depends on their daily incomes.

Before the distribution of the food item, the Council observed a minute silence in honour of those who have so far died in the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile the traditional ruler of Ihiala, Igwe Thomas Obidiegwu and his cabinet members donated over 250 bags of 50kg of rice, 50 bags of salt and also 50 cartons of tin tomatoes to communities in Ihiala.

The royal father noted that apart from the items being targeted at cushioning the effect of the lockdown on the vulnerable and needy, they were also a way of appreciating the people for complying with government’s directive to stay at home to check the corornavirus pandemic.

The President General of Ihiala, Mr. Okey Chukwu, who was represented by Jude Obi, the first Vice President General of Ihiala, commended the working relationship between the traditional ruler and his cabinet members. 

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Justice, Ifeanyi Ezeka noted that there is a need to ensure that a strict measure be put in place to ensure that the palliative gets to the people it was meant for.

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