As Ebonyi residents battle hunger in the face of the current Coronavirus pandemic in the State, a humanitarian group, De Norsemen Kclub International yesterday, donated over 100 bags of 5kg rice and 100 cartons of Indomie, to Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
This is even as the group noted that both Coronavirus pandemic and its attendant aftermaths (especially hunger), were capable of killing anybody, saying the two could not be treated with a wave of hand.
According to the socour group, both the Federal and Ebonyi State Governments were doing a lot to ensure the Coronavirus pandemic, currently ravaging the globe, was contained in the country and in the state.
The group added that the idea behind the gesture was to assist both the federal and the state government, in what they were doing to arrest the virus, and to mitigate its effects on the lives of poor Nigerians and Ebonyians respectively.
Making the donation at Onicha Council Headquarters on Monday, South-East Zonal Director of the club, Comrade Okenwa Uka, said the idea behind the gesture is to reach out to the most vulnerable and the poorest of the poor in the area.
He added that the organisation had set up the Anti-COVID-19 Committee to sensitise the masses on the need to take heed to the precautionary measures spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
He said, “The leadership of the club in Ebonyi State thought it wise to set up Anti-COVID-19 Committee, just like the State and Federal Government, in order to ensure that it reaches out to the most vulnerable public in the society.
“The idea is to sensitise the people on the need to take heed to the precautionary measures of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and that of the state government, because it is he who stays alive that can tell story of how we were able to defeat the virus.
“Having looked at the situation in the country, our club thought it wise to take this bold step in order to visit local government areas in Ebonyi State. But where we are today, that’s Onicha Local Government Area, because it is special to us.
“We are targeting the poor of the poorest and here and we have over a hundred bags of 5kg rice and one hundred cartons of Indomie. All we are asking is that let this little token of ours get to the target publics. Our thinking is that COVID-19 cannot be fought, without fighting Hunger.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the Council chairman, Engr Felix Igboke, the Coordinator of Onicha Development Centre, Prince Chima Ude-Umanta, said, ” We have other good spirited individuals from these local government area, who have in one way or the other, helped our people during this health crisis period. The idea is to support what both the Federal Government and State Governments are doing, in the fight against the Coronavirus.
While appreciating the group, he asked the traditional rulers present to bless the club on behalf of the Executive Chairman, who is unavoidably absent because of an assignment he is attending to somewhere.”