Some bags of rice for distribution in one of the Edda communities
Nguzu-Edda (Ebonyi)The Nzuko Edda USA Inc, a group of Edda sons and daughters living in the United States of America has donated thousands of bags of rice as palliatives to Edda communities in Afikpo South LGA of Ebonyi.
The group said the donation was its contribution towards assisting members of the communities especially the less privileged affected by the current economic lockdown occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Anthony Ani, President of the association said on Sunday in Nguzu that the over 120,000 bags of rice palliatives was aimed at alleviating the economic hardship of most Edda people at home in this period of coronavirus pandemic.
Ani said: “Sensing that the ravaging hardship rocking people all over the world might be taking its toll on the less privileged indegenes in the various Edda community, we rallied together to help by sending home the relief materials.
“We cannot see our people struggling and suffering everyday, without coming to their aid, even though we have our burdens here, we think we’re in a much better position to help.”
The president said that the association set up a six-member team to see to an equitable distribution of the palliatives to all 11 autonomous communities representing the Edda’s 72 villages, especially to those in the lowest rung of the economic ladder.
Cross section of beneficiaries of the palliatives at Amangwu community in Edda
Earlier, Chief Chukwuma Oka, Chairman of the Diaspora Relief Committee and former president of Nzuko Edda USA Inc noted that the pandemic has occasioned devastating hunger and starvation in many families.
Oka who said that the relief was part of efforts by the association to assist people of the area who were in economic distress to overcome the hardship.
He said that the association was committed to ensuring that the palliatives were equitably distributed to the down-todden and vulnerable members of the various communities.
“This is what we do for our people, and we have to ensure that we do it right.
“There is pain and hunger in the land, and this is our widow’s mite to our people;” it will not solve all their problems, but it will provide a relief, ” Oka said
The chairman of the palliative distribution committee in Nigeria, Rev. David Agwu who superintended the distribution commended the association for the relief assistance.
He reminded recipients of the relief materials in the 11 communities that their sons and daughters in America were standing by them in this period of economic distress to help in cushioning the effect of the economic hardship.
“Your children in America, are aware of the grip of this pandemic and its economic strangulation on widows, the elderly and the poor contributed money and bought these relief materials to offer for your succour.
“This is not from any politician or political party, and it was not politically motivated,” Agwu said.
Chief Uka Udu, the palace Secretary of Eze Edda, the XXV while appreciating the group for the gesture prayed for God’s protection, riches and abundance of grace upon their lives.
“We thank you all and we will always remember you all as you have remembered us,” Udu said.
Another beneficiary, Mrs. Mercy Ude,and from Amangwu community thanked the group for their benevolence and prayed God to bless members of the association.