By Sunny David
Anambra State Government has flagged off the distribution of fifty-five trucks of food items donated by Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID.
The relief materials, which include cartons of noodles, bags of rice, garri, salt, sugar, among others are to be distributed to indigent households in Anambra State.
Our correspondent reports that apart from the already arrived fifty-five trucks of the relief materials, Anambra State is still expecting more thirty-three trucks from the organization, as they are expected to donate, a total of eighty-eight trucks.
Speaking during the event which took place at the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Governor Willie Obiano represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke while appreciating the organization for the gesture, said that this period of COVID-19 pandemic calls for charity works as the outbreak of the pandemic has rendered many helpless, owing to its huge negative effects on the world’s economy.
The Governor assured that the items will be equitably distributed to the targeted persons across the State.
In his remark, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiela, represented by Divisional Head, GTBank, Mr. Chima Azubuike while describing CACOVID as an organization that is committed to waging war against COVID-19 across Nigeria.
He pointed out that the palliatives were donated to the State to cushion the effects of Coronavirus on the indigent persons and harped on the need for proper distribution of the materials.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu assured that Anambra State Government will not distribute the items only to Anambra indigenes, hence the need for more donations to the State by the group and other bodies.
In their various speeches, the President General of Isuaniocha community, Mr. Oforbuike Mkpume, his Nsugbe counterpart, Mr. Osita Nwoye, and a beneficiary from Nsugbe, Mrs. Nkiruka Okoye thanked the group, the Federal and State governments for the support and prayed that COVID-19 ends soon.
Government functionaries present during the event were Director State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Cy Agupugo, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, that of Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, among others.