Adviser on Community Liaison doles out COVID-19 palliatives; eulogies Mrs Obiano
By Chioma Ezeiru :
Awa (Orumba North LGA), June 29, 2020 (MOI) Special Adviser (SA) to Gov. Willie Obiano on Community Liaison, Chukwuemeka Egwuonwu has given out palliatives to his Awa Community, Orumba-North and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) members.
The gesture was to cushion the effects of Coronavirus pandemic in the area.
The palliatives include, 7 new motorcycles, 1,000 bags of 10kg rice, 500 bags of 25kg garri, 12 bags of 25kg rice, 1,000 face masks and 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizers.
Egwuonwu, while commending Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano for her achievements in the state through her Caring Family Empowerment Initiative (CAFE) project, donated two sewing machines and hair dryers to support her charity work.
``I was motivated on hearing about the distribution of food items, cash and other palliatives to less privileged, widows, over the radio.
``I marveled and became touched by such gestures. I consulted my immediate family on the need to emulate the great work of Mrs Obiano.
``She taught me that what matters in life is contentment and charity, which she possesses.’’
He said that as a good citizen aware of the hardship caused by the global pandemic, he initiated the gesture in Awa community to accommodate Ndi Orumba North.
``This is to appreciate God for his blessings and honouring me and my family. I come from a poor background. My parents couldn’t train me in school due to financial constraints.
``But I was able to conquer all odds, in spite of my poor background. Today, I am proud to say that I posses two university degrees.
``I learnt from the circumstances surrounding my father’s death; I became focused and determined. And by God's grace, I found myself where I am today.
``I feel indebted to the society, so I decided to extend the little that I have to them,’’ he said.
Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano was represented by Asha Nnabuife urged other well to do citizens in the state to emulate Mr Egwuonwu.
She noted that the palliatives would help the less privileged in this difficult times.
Mrs Obiano, while receiving the items donated to CAFE expressed gratitude to Mr Egwuonwu and his wife, Mrs Charity Egwuonwu for the kind gesture.
``I am happy that Mr Egwuonwu is an APGA member. The party is doing tremendously well under Gov. Willie Obiano Administration.’’
Member representing Orumba-North/South in the Federal House of Representatives, Mr Okwudili Ewepudike commended Mr Egwuonwu for the palliatives for not just to his community, but Orumba North in general.
``He is doing well in all ramifications; the sky is his starting point,’’ he said.
Mr Ewepudike also urged citizens to observe social distancing and adhering to all COVID-19 directives by the government.
President-General and Chairman Caretaker Committee Awa, Mr Obinna Nwafor expressed gratitude to God and Mr Egwuonwu for the palliative.
Mr Nwafor also called on the state government to come to their rescue as the erosion site at Awa/Ufuma boundary was becoming a huge threat to the community.
While receiving 210 bags of 10kg rice on behalf of APGA, Chairman APGA Orumba-North Chapter Mr Alphonsus Muogbo thanked Mr Egwuonwu, praying God’s blessings upon him.
Recipient of one of the motorcycles, Mr Geoffrey Okoli said: ``My heart is filled with Joy; I was not expecting this gesture. God will continually bless him, give him more wealth and long life.’’
Mrs Susan Ezekwenna, who also received a motorcycle, expressed gratitude to God and to the SA.
Also, Mrs Theresa Okoli, a seamstress from Omogho, who received a 10kg bag of rice, also thanked Mr Egwuonwu.
In a remark, Mrs Charity Egwuonwu said: ``My duty is to support my husband in his good intentions toward his community and the less privileged, thanking them for honouring their invitation.’’ (MOI)