COVID-19: Igwe Ojoto supervises distribution of food items to community members, calls for more assistance
By Uzo Ugwunze :
Ojoto (Idemili South LGA), April 8, 2020 (MOI) Igwe Gerald Mbamalu of Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA) personally, supervised the distribution of food items to all kindred groups that make up the eight major villages of `Ojoto Akanasato Community’.
The food items were part of the palliatives donated by Ojoto illustrious sons at home and in The Diaspora to cushion the effects of hunger as Ndi Anambra observe the `sit-at-home’ order.
Igwe Mbamalu also called on private individuals to assist Government in providing succor to the less privileged, who did not have savings to sustain them during the necessary stay at home period.
Igwe Mbamalu also commended Government’s stimulus package initiative, including the distribution of 200 bags of rice each to 181 communities in Anambra State for the elderly.
According to Igwe Mbamalu, Coronavirus pandemic is not something we wish to experience in this part of the world; all hands will have be on deck to prevent this evil.
``Even before the 14 days sit at home and closure of major markets, we have been sensitising our people on the need to implement preventive measures as stimulated by Government.
``Ojoto people have stopped all forms of gatherings, whether for burial, marriages or any other festivity. In fact my Ofala Festival, scheduled for Easter Monday has been postponed indefinitely.
``We had a road show, where we discharged passengers from commercial vehicles carrying more than the stipulated social distancing numbers and told them to refund some passengers their fares.
``Some company drivers complained that they were loaded at Motor Parks, saying that transport fares were collected there, and so Government should enforce it at major parks,’’ he said.
Moreover, Igwe Mbamalu said that knowing that some people live from hand to mouth, feeding their families through their daily hustle, solicited for funds from certain individuals to support them.
``Ojoto people opened an account where our people from home and abroad raised about N17 million. We used it to purchase rice, beans, vegetable oil, tin tomatoes, noodles and yams,’’ said the traditional ruler.
Meanwhile, President-General, Ojoto Akanasato Union, Chief Donatus Anozie, who was present to ensure fair distribution of food items, said that the food was for anyone interested, whether indigene or resident of the community.
``Although State Government made provisions for the elderly, 70 and above, we decided to raise funds to procure food for all categories of persons in need of food.
``I thank all our sponsors, from our `Digital’ Igwe Mbamalu, who understands the plight of Ojoto indigenes and residents. He doesn’t discriminate; he has been with us since last Sunday,’’ said Anozie.
The eight major villages of Ojoto Akanasato Community, where the distribution took place include Ezieke, Ojo, Ire, Ndiabo, Enugo, Umuezema, Ezema and Umuchem. (MOI)