From Maurice Okafor,Enugu.
Food items and cash worth more than N10 million were at the weekend presented as palliatives to less privileged individuals and groups in Enugu state by Igbo diaspora indigenes.
The Diaspora indigenes who operate under the aegis of ‘Imuzikwa Anya Business & Charity Organization’ said the items wete to assist the down trodden mitigate the effect of the lockdown,occasioned by the deadly Corona Virus, otherwise known as Covic-19.
Some of the items included; bags of rice, cartons of noodles, groundnut oil, and bags of cassava flour.
The group also made cash donations to charity organizations.
Speaking to journalists after presenting some of the items at Motherless Babies Home Enugu, President of the group, Mr. Chidi Ejinaka (D’Jones), appealed to privileged individuals and charity organisations to rise to the occasion by donating whatever they can to assist less privileged members of the society to overcome the global pandemic.
Ejinaka, a German based businessman and philanthropist, called on the relevant authorities to channel more palliatives to the rural poor to help them cope with the hard times and comply with the restriction and social distancing orders.
He also charged world and national leaders to double their efforts in tackling Covid-19 across the world, even as he expressed the hope that the world will soon conquer the deadly disease.
“This gesture is part of my organisation’s contribution to the fight against Covid-19. This is just a part of some of our activities which we have been carrying out even before the outbreak of Corona Virus. This organization has been touching many lives positively across the globe especially the less privileged,” he said.
He said that his organization had earlier visited Parklane Hospital Enugu and FMC Owerri, where they paid and discharged an abandoned woman and other indigent patients who couldn’t pay their hospital bills; Correctional Service Onitsha, Ozubulu Rehabilitation Centre and St. Joseph’s Orphanage home Awka, among others.
Ejinaka, who was recently elected as the president of the organization also restated his readiness to take the organization to the next level, even as stressed that the fight against Covid-19 was not meant for government alone.
He urged all the Igbo sons and daughters to remember their people in this difficult time.
Speaking at the occasion, a youth leader in Enugu state, Comrade Akpa Francis, thanked the group for the gesture and called on other well to do indigenes and associations to emulate the group.