Covid-19: Owelle’s bumper palliatives are not for politics but for humanity – Jones

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ONWUASOANYA FCC JONES

The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District has procured food items worth millions of Naira to support families across the 137 political wards in Imo West Senatorial District, especially, and thousands of indigent families across the length and breadth of the State.

As a man who is not new to humanitarian interventions in times of crisis, Owelle has brought into bear his experiences at the frontline of crisis management and interventions given his precedents as a former President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, his more than two decades of active involvement in humanitarian interventions through the Rochas Foundation and his several peace and crisis management missions within and outside Nigeria come handy during these perilous times as he has set out realistic modalities to ensure that the targeted individuals are reached with these palliative items.

Having set up a committee of volunteers who are charged with distributing these items to the most vulnerable families in Imo West district, the former governor has directed every volunteer to approach the assignment with utmost sincerity and fear of God, noting that;

“Those for whom these items are meant for are those closest to God’s heart, and anyone who shortchanges them is shortchanging God Almighty and there are bound to be repercussions.”

He identified the following class of people as those for whom the items are primarily meant; poor widows, the physically challenged, wage earners, the elderly and anyone who cannot genuinely afford good food, especially, within this period of lockdown.

He further advised his followers and political associates not to see this as any form of political settlement, but as a call to serve humanity, in line with his principle of putting the people first.

He also directed all volunteers involved in the distribution of these items to ensure full compliance with government’s directives on social distancing measures during the distribution of these items.

The Chairman of the Central Coordinating Committee, Barrister Steve Asimobi, had earlier declared the readiness of the committee to ensure that those for whom these items are meant for, get them.

Some of the strategies to be adopted in the distribution of these palliatives include; dropping off items at the doorsteps of beneficiaries, using local leadership structures to identify and distribute the items and also using phone calls to invite identified beneficiaries to pick up their items.

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