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COVID-19 Palliative: Prof. Sam Uzochukwu Distributes Cash To Community Women

By Izunna Okafor
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In a bid to ameliorate the hardship and other effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the masses, Prof. Sam Uzochukwu has distributed cash palliatives to the rural women of Umunwunne in Ebenator Ozulogu Ancient Kingdom, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Speaking at the event to mark the cash distribution, which took place at his compound, the benefactor, Prof. Uzochukwu told the women that the gesture was aimed at encouraging them in this period of coronavirus, even as he reminded them that he still has their interests at heart.

Reminding them that deadly pandemic had occurred in the past, but later became extinguished, the academian optimistically assured them that COVID-19 would soon be a thing of past.

He further urged the women to obey and strictly adhere to all the directives and safety guidelines given by government and health authorities as a way to curtail the spread of the virus, which include regular washing and sanitizing of their hands, wearing of face mask and avoiding crowded places, among others.

In their separate reactions, some of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Uchenna Ebubedike and Mrs. Felicia Ezenagu who spoke on behalf of the women, appreciated Prof. Uzochukwu for 'encouraging and showing them love', and prayed God to continue to protect, bless and reward him abundantly.

Other indigens of Ebenator Ozulogu community who have supported, encouraged or given arms to the people in this period of COVID-19 include: Chief Gilbert Ezenagu (who donated the sum of one million naira to the government, and also distributed bags of rice and tubers of yams to the masses); Chief Ernest Orachiri, and Chief David Ndoeche (each of whom gave cash palliatives of hundred thousand naira and also shared bags of rice); Mr. Chukwuka Ezeh (who gave out cash palliative of hundred and fifty thousand naira); Mr. Okwudiri Ezeh (who donated a fat cow and bags of rice); as well as Mr. Osita Imoh, Mr. Sunday Umeh, and Mr. Sunday Agwuncha (each of whom shared bags of rice to the people).

The President General of the community, Chief Anthony Okechukwu appreciated the donors, and prayed for God's continuous blessings upon them, even as he used the medium to advise the people to always adhere to all government's directives, and ensure they are in their various houses before 8.pm each day, in obedience to the national dusk to dawn curfew recently imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

One of the concerned youths in the community, Comrade Chidiebere Ojiego joined voice to appreciate the donors, and also called on other well-to-do individuals to emulate the gesture and support the masses in any way they can in this critical period of corona pandemic.