COVID-19: Group donates food items to indigent members – By Chukwudi Ejimofor, PH


    Callistus Nnadika, presenting food item to one of the beneficiaries

    Leadership is the capacity of the leader to guide, protect and respond to the concerns of the led at any given period of time, while working toward the collective goals of the association.

    The incumbent executive members of the Garden City Building Material Dealers Association (GCBMDA) Port Harcourt, led by Comrade Callistus Nnadika, have not only shown capacity to lead, but also shown interest and concern for the welfare of their members.

    The association as part of its response to the pulse of its members during this lockdown occasioned by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, has donated foodstuffs worth over N500,000.00.(Five Hundred Thousand Naira) as palliatives to indigent members of the association.

    Addressing newsmen at the event, the Chairman of the Association, Comrade Calistus Nnadika said: ”as a concerned union, we have been able to put smiles on the faces of our members, rekindle their trust in the association and hope in their life as well, that this period we should show practical Christianity to people, not just preaching the word alone. Jesus Christ after preaching to the people the word of God, He also fed them.

    “Today we had over fifty beneficiaries who are our members that benefited from the donations. It’s not that they are poor, but with this lockdown, followed by the effects of the pandemic, they are facing financial challenges.

    “My association, therefore, decided to assist them materially. Each of them (over fifty of them) as you can see here, is going home with foodstuffs worth over N25, 000.00,” Nnadika said.

    He stated further that the internal palliatives donation was followed by the association’s donations to the Rivers state government for onward distribution to Rivers people a fortnight ago.

    ”Rivers state government is our Landlord, we decided that before we do anything to our members we must donate to the Rivers state government, hence our palliatives donation to the Rivers state government fortnight ago” he announced.

    The Chairman of the palliative supplies committee of the association Mr. Sunny Okonkwo, detailed the essence of the gesture, and expressed delight that it has achieved its aim by putting smiles in the faces of the beneficiaries

    ”In line with the word God, our association deemed it expedient to help out indigent members in our fold during this period of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic. Today the association has spent over N500, 000.00 to buy bags of rice, beans, noddles, tubers of yam, tomato paste and gallons of vegetable oil to share to our indigent members to alleviate their financial hardship occasioned by the dreaded coronavirus pandemic. As you can see the products here, we have presented it to them, and they are very excited with the gesture.

    “This is the character of our association. We have donated palliatives larger more than this to the Rivers state government to share to Rivers people, now is the turn of our members” Okonkwo stressed.

    Mr. Emmanuel Ekekwe, secretary, palliative supplies committee of the association opined that the coronavirus pandemic situation called for help to the downtrodden in the society hence their association’s gesture to their members

    ”In the midst of the pandemic, our association noticed that some of our members are having challenges feeding their families, as a result of the lockdown.

    “We thought as a union we should do something to help those indigent members amongst us; we raised fund to lend a helping hand to them. What they received here today is foodstuff that can sustain family of four for two months, and as you can see, the beneficiaries are so overwhelmed with what we have presented to them,” Ekekwe posited.

    Some of the food items

    One of the highly elated beneficiaries Mr. Asii Amarachukwu, expressed gratitude, and poured encomiums on the association’s executive. He prayed the Almighty to continue to bless them, stressing that all the beneficiaries were surprised by their benevolence.

    ”I am personally overwhelmed by the gesture of our union Executive led by Comrade Calistus Nnadika, especially at this period when we are battling with the negative effects of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.

    “We have received fabulous palliative foodstuffs; 25kg rice, 30kg beans, two large size tubers of yam, five litres vegetable oil and carton of tomato paste; each to over 50 of us. All of us the beneficiaries are surprised over this uncommon gesture, we are saying that God will bless and replenish their pockets in million folds”.

    It would be recalled that the Garden City Building Material Dealers Association (GCBMDA) Port Harcourt, in line with their corporate social responsibility recently donated foodstuffs to the Rivers State government.

    The items were received by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government Dr. Weneike Danagogo,  who promised to pass the food items  to the state Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.


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