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COVID-19: Foundation inaugurates Emergency Food Response Programme, donates N20m to Ebonyi Government

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The Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation on Saturday at Anioma-Isu community, Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi inaugurated the South-East COVID-19 Emergency Food Response Programme (EFRP).

The programme the foundation explained was aimed at providing food items to the vulnerable members of the geopolitical zone during the current lockdown, imposed by the government to check the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr Ifeanyi Odii, Co-Chairman of the foundation in an address read on his behalf by Prof. Ogbonnaya Ogbu, its South-East Coordinator noted that the initiative was geared towards alleviating hardship and sufferings of ordinary people due to the pandemic.

He said that the world was grappling with a pandemic that has not only claimed many lives but has also dealt a heavy blow and crippled world economy.

He said: “We are not unaware of the economic difficulties people are facing by staying away from their various businesses for a long period.

” With the growing spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the world is facing a global challenge in that economic activities are collapsing in communities across the world.

“This informed the reason the Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation has made it a point of duty to ameliorate the economic problems caused by the rampaging and devastating novel coronavirus.

“The foundation has duly risen to the occasion by ensuring provision of relief materials to thousands of people.

“To ensure transparency and in order to get the relief items to target population, the foundation is working with religious bodies as well as trusted volunteers to distribute the items to the indigent and vulnerable citizens.”

Odii who lamented the many lives the virus had already claimed globally urged the people to obey all government’s approved restrictions, guidelines, strategies and all safety precautions in order to stay safe and alive.

He regretted that Ebonyi has recorded three confirmed cases of the virus since the index case was reported on April 26 and appealed to all to join hands with government and other non state actors in the fight to contain the virus from further spreading.

“Our people must immediately rise up to the occasion and join forces to ensure that no new case comes up in the state and ensure the likely spread is deeply contained.

“And this can only be made possible if we all stick to the containment rules, regulations and practices by maintaining social distancing, washing of hands under running water with soap, wearing of face mask among others” he said.

Ogbu, the South-East Coordinator of the foundation in a brief remark before inaugurating the programme, said that the foundation has donated 40,000 bags of five kilogrammes of Abakaliki rice for distribution in the five states in the South-East geopolitical zone.

According to him, Ebonyi received 20,000 bags, adding that each of the three senatorial zones will receive 5,000 each, while the remaining 5,000 bags would be distributed according to the discretion of the chairman.

He said that trusted people were chosen to work with the foundation to achieve its objectives .

“For these materials to get to target population, we identified people of integrity and conscience; religious persons, trusted volunteers, professors, senior university lecturers medical doctors and lawyers are with us.

“I’m assuring that we are going to monitor the distribution of the items and make sure that they get to the people in need,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 13-year old foundation is a humanitarian non-governmental organisation committed to improving the welfare of the less privileged.

The foundation also donated N20 million to Ebonyi Government to support government’s programmes in the fight against the dreaded coronavirus pandemic in the state.

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Edited By: Obike Ukoh (NAN)

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