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DELTA FOOD BANK: Isoko North Takes Delivery Of Palliatives, Distributes Food Items To 13 Wards

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba
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The Isoko North Local Government Area Covid-19 Committee constituted by the state government on Saturday took delivery of the food palliatives donated by the Delta State government as part of measures to cushion the effect of the induced lockdown on the people.

Chairman of the Local Government Council, Hon Emmanuel Egbabor who received the items numbering 520 bags of rice; 260 bags of beans and 800 cartons of Indomie noodles pledged to ensure equitable distribution of the food items to those who need them.

He said the intention of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration was to ensure that those who couldn't afford to feed themselves as a result of the stay-at-home directive were attended to.

He warned against any act that could bring shame and embarrassment to the local government, adding that Ward leaders who failed to adhere to the directives will be sanctioned by the government.

"We appreciate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for putting up this food bank for our people and as you can see, I and other leaders here have been on ground to ensure that the items are distributed as instructed from the state.

"As a Committee our role is to ensure that the items get to the very vulnerable in our various communities and we have advised Councillors and President-Generals to ensure that the right thing is done.

"This is imperative because they would be held liable for any problems emanating from their communities.

Also speaking, Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Tim Owherere said the government's decision to provide the palliatives for the people was a wonderful development worthy of commendation.

He urged the people to be orderly during the sharing and watch out for only those who are less privileged.

"We have President-Generals and leadership of the various communities in our local government here. This is so because sharing the items is community-based and not political.

"So every community must feel the impact of being shared here today because the Governor has so directed that it should nor be shared along political lines but communal-base especially to the vulnerables who cannot afford to feed themselves at this point in time.

Other committee members present during the distribution includes Commissioner for Transport, Engr. Oviemuno Oghoore; Bishop Ben Eghiare, Barr Evelyn Aluta, Princess Oghale Oweh.

Other leaders who were present include DESOPADEC Commissioner Dr Paul Oweh; Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural and Community Development Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Okoro; Chairman Isoko North PDP Prince Godwin Ogorugba; Dr Nelson Ejakpovi.

Responding, President-General of Ozoro Kingdom, Mr Nicholas Areh thanked the state government for the provision while assuring equitable distribution of the items to the needy in the various communities.