Dr Godwin Maduka Foundation has reached out to the indigents in Awka-Etiti, Idemili South Local Government Area (LGA) with some palliatives.
This is to cushion the effects of hunger resulting from government’s implementation of a lockdown to stem spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the State.
The Foundation, with headquarters and founder are from Umuchukwu, Orumba South LGA, was at the Awka-Etiti Town Hall to present the palliatives to the executive of Awka-Etiti Improvement Union (AIU).
Presenting 40 bags of 5kg rice and 20 bags of 5kg beans, the Foundation’s State Coordinator, Mr Tochukwu Ilo said they had been donating same items to the 179 communities in Anambra.
“We are here today to represent Dr Godwin Maduka, who incidentally is out of the country and could not fly back before the lockdown.
“He has a gift for the most vulnerable in the 179 communities. Although, everybody is facing the harsh realities but some are feeling the heat of hunger more than others.
“This package will be coming in stages; our Foundation is known for giving out scholarships; we embark on medical outreaches, youth empowerment for small and medium enterprises.
“But today, Coronavirus has brought ‘hunger virus’ and we are simply here to assist the poorest who feed from hand to mouth.
“We are complementing the efforts of the State Government,’’ Ilo said.
The Idemili South Coordinator, Mr Basil Eruchalu urged the leadership of the town to ensure that the packages reached the targeted recipients stressing that it was a time to be `our brother’s keepers’.
Receiving the items, AIU President-General, Mr Joachim Okeke represented by the Vice-President, Mr Chukwudiaso Ojukwu thanked the delegation assuring them that the executive would distribute the items to the intended recipients.
Awka-Etiti people are grateful to you for this kind gesture. We will share it equitably to the downtrodden as we hope for the next stage of consignment,’’ Ojukwu said.
Awka-Etiti Women leader, Mrs Dorathy Agbanyim prayed God to meet the donor at the point of his need for remembering the people all the way from Orumba South.
We are learning some lessons from his magnanimity. All the way from Anambra South he has reached out to us in Anambra Central; this shows that we are one people.
In fact, Dr Maduka has written his name in Awka-Etiti'sGuinness book of records’. Let God meet him at the point of his needs,’’ Agbanyim said.
[07:52, 27/04/2020] Nationguard 2: (Lead story).
COVID-19: GHANA RECORDS HIGHEST AFTER LOCKDOWN LIFTING
By Fidel A. Ozugha.
An unprecedented figure of 271 new cases of the dreaded ravaging corona virus have been record in Ghana, West Africa.
This astronomical numbers surfaced one week after lifting the lockdown order in Accra and Kumasi by the President Nana Akufo-Addo led Ghanaian Government.
Confirming the case yesterday, the Ghanaian Health Service (GHS) was quoted as saying that this figure has brought a total number of cases in Ghana to 1,550. Eleven people have died from the disease while 155 have recovered.
GHS disclosed that 62% of the infected persons are male while 38% are female. The Service equally said that 84% of the cases have no travel history.
The Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo – Addo lifted the three – week lockdown last week on the basis of ‘improved coronavirus testing.”
The President said that nonessential businesses in Accra and Kumasi could reopen but under the guidelines of social distancing, warning Ghanaians should wear face masks while in public places.
“In view of our ability to undertake aggressive conduct of infected persons, the enhancement of our capacity to test, the expansion of treatment and isolation centres, our better understanding of the dynamism of the virus, the ramping up our domestic capacity to produce our own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitizers and medicines, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi, and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable, I have taken the decision to lift the three – week old restriction on movements in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and Kasoa, and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area, and the contiguous districts, with effect from 1:00 am on Monday, 20th April, 2020,” President Akufo – Ad do said.
Being the first country in West Africa to lift the restriction order on movement, Ghana had 1, 042 cases of the disease before the lockdown was lifted, but has now 1,550 cases to battle with.