COVID-19: Don urges FG, states to provide more palliatives to people

A University of Nigeria, Nsukka, lecturer, Dr Obiamaka Egbo, has called on the federal and state, and local governments in Nigeria to step up efforts to provide the palliatives needy Nigerians required to cushion the effect of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The don lamented that current efforts were not enough to arrest the needs of the masses, adding that hunger which plagues the masses now was even worse than COVID-19 pandemic.

Egbo, who is the Head of Department Banking and Finance, made the call at Ugbawka community of Enugu state, where she donated several items to widows through her non-governmental organization, Kids Education Awareness Initiative.

The university don said the interventions by government and other good spirited individuals were yet to adequately meet the needs of the people, stressing that there was the need for government to find ways of reaching the larger population.

According to her, “one thing we must know is that you cannot quarantine hunger, in fact, hunger pandemic is even more dangerous.

“So, I call on government at all levels and other individuals to intensify action and see how we overcome this other monster, called hunger. It will be difficult for people to just sit at home without food and essential items.

“That is why on our part, we have moved into communities in Enugu state to ensure that widows and their children are attended to at this critical time. We have been at Emene community in Enugu East, today we are at Ugwawka in Nkanu East”.

Speaking at the event, both the Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Enugu state, and its legal adviser, Apostle Dr Joseph Ajujungwa and Barrister Monday Onuora Okeke, respectively, applauded her for providing the succour to the people.

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