Rivers palliative committee doles out foodstuffs to Obio/Akpor LGA, heads to others


* Says it’s in fulfillment of Wike’s covenant with Rivers people

The COVID-19 Palliatives Distribution Committee in Rivers State has commenced the distribution of foodstuffs aimed at cushioning the effect of the Stay-at-home order by the State Government and closure of markets across the State in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area (LGA).

Making the presentation of the food items to representatives of the various Wards in the LGA, Chairman of the Committee, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, noted that the gesture is in accordance with the covenant the State Governor, Nyesom Wike has with Rivers People.

According to the Chairman, it is also done in acknowledgement of the fact that everything possible has to be done to prevent the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic from either infecting anyone in the State or spread, knowing how vulnerable the State is.

“We are well aware of the prevailing global pandemic, the COVID-19, that is ravaging the whole world. Our Governor, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was the first Governor in the country that had the political will to lock down our environment, so that the spread of this virus will not extend to Rivers State.

“With all the inlets from other parts of the world into Rivers State, through the sea and International Airport … For us, we consider it as a convenant he (Governor) has made with Rivers people to protect their life.

“Due to the excruciating pains Rivers people are going through because of the closure of markets, the Governor has considered it necessary for food items to be made available to communities. We started with the social homes”, he said.

Handing over the food items to the representatives of the various Wards, which included clergy men, youth leaders, and leaders of the gender groups, the Chairman of the Committee urged them to ensure that the items get to the downtrodden in their midst, saying that the process will be monitored to ensure that the aim is not defeated.

In each ward visited, the clergy men among them spoke on behalf of the recipients, thanking the State Government for the timely response and provision of supplies to enhance the welfare challenges communities have been faced with in terms of food, with a promise that it will get to everyone in their domain.

The Chairman of the committee was accompanied by members of the committee, comprising of religious and political leaders, nonpartisan and military personnel. The distribution continues today to other parts of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.

“We are proceeding to all wards, what we are doing is that we are handing over these items to the community leaders. It has no political undertone”, the Chairman siad.