By The NewsCritic Reporters
Umuda Okpuala in Okpu Isingwu autonomous community of Umuahia North Local Government Area on Wednesday April 22, 2020 distributed relief materials worth over N1, 000,000 (One million Naira) donated by prominent sons and daughters of the community to residents to help cushion the harsh economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The distribution of the items is coming on the heels of the indefinite extension of the Coronavirus lockdown by Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, following the two index cases confirmed in the state recently.
The day’s sharing of the relief materials commenced with an opening prayer said by Elder Enyinnaya Okorie. During the prayer, he thanked God for making it possible for the day to be a reality and for touching the hearts of the donors to respond to the clarion call. Elder Enyinnaaya also committed the donors in the save hands of God and prayed that Almighty God should continue to bless and replenish them to do more for the society.
Also, Chief RC Ufomadu, who is a member of the implementation Committee gave a brief talk on the COVID-19 pandemic and why it is important for the people to adhere strictly to the guidelines to stay safe. He urged the residents to maintain social distancing and to always wear their face masks, not forgetting to wash their hands with soap regularly.
Earlier, the President- General of Umuda Okpuala Development Union, Mr Chika Nwabueze thanked the donors for their magnanimity and rare display of love by contributing to help cushion the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown in Abia State.
He said that the Umuda Okpuala COVID-19 Relief Fund was conceived to help the downtrodden and less privileged people in our midst. He applauded the way the people at home and diaspora responded to make the initiative a reality. The President-General pointed out that the Relief Fund is still open to more donations, as the second phase of the programme is in the making. Mr Nwabueze also stressed that the materials to be distributed is for all the residents, including non-indigenes.
The Village Head of the community, Chief Ndubuisi Echebiri, expressed his gratitude to the donors for their kind gesture and for remembering to help the vulnerable and needy in the society this period of hardship.
In all 20 bags of 50kg Rice, 4 bags of 100kg Beans, 150 tubers of Yam, 20 cartons of Noodles, 10 cartons of vegetable oil, 10 cartons of Tomatoes Paste, 5 bags of Salt and Face Masks were distributed to members of the community in the first phase of the programme.
Some of the donors are Mr Emeka Nwabueze, Engr. Bob Ufomadu; Sir Chudi C Onyeama; Engr. Obi Onyeama, Chief G.O Nwabueze; Mr Dozie Okezie, Chinwendu Okezie, Joe Nwabueze, Professor Obioma Okezie, Mr Uchenna Okwulehie, Obinna Nwabueze, Sir Onyeneto Okwulehie and Kelechi Omekara among others.
Umuda Okpuala is one of the communities that came in contact with early civilisation in Umuahia nay Abia State having produced prominent people that made their individual marks in the state affairs.