-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Michael EKOKORUWE:
Irri kingdom Federal Union sons and daughters at home and in the Diaspora, have presented palliatives worth Four Million Naira to the 12 communities of the kingdom to alleviate the effects of COVID 19 pandemic lockdown at Irri, Isoko South local government area of Delta State.
Speaking to newsmen, the President General of Irri Federal Union,
Chief Adonis Obuwhere said, the food items received were 150 bags of rice, 110 cartons of indomee noodles, 30 jumbo bags of beans, 2 jumbo bags of garri, 2 cartons of groundnut oil, 22 pieces of yam and 4 cartons of tomatoes pasts.
He stated that the food items will be distributed to the 12 communities, which according to him encompassed Irri Federal Union.
Chief Obuwhere maintained that the palliatives are for the indigents, aged and widows in the various communities, noting that the chairmen and secretaries are to receive and distribute the food items and ensure that it gets to the people specified.
The president general added that the distribution will be monitored by the executive of Irri Federal Union, emphasizing that each community will receive the food items in proportion to the size and population of the clan. He said, the communities cut across Isoko South to the coastal Isoko villages in Bayelsa state.
Chief Obuwhere commended the sons and daughters of Irri Federal Union for the palliatives, reiterating that the items will cushion the effects of the stay at home order by Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, to curtail the spread of COVID 19 in the area.
He also commended Archbishop Christian A.O. Apena, describing him as the chairman and coordinator that put together funds used for the palliatives.
While addressing the chairmen and representatives of Irri Federal Union, Chief Obuwhere urged them to identify 60 years and above aged group as beneficiaries of the palliatives, noting that any chairman that flouts the directive will be sanctioned.
Obuwhere urged the people to stay at home, wash their hands regularly, keep the social distance and avoid shaking of hands as preventive measures to control the spread of COVID 19 pandemic ravaging the world, noting that Delta State already
have some positive cases of the novel pandemic described as global emergency and unseen enemy.