As confirmed cases of coronavirus keep increasing in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Enugu State chapter has called for more efforts towards mitigating the impact of the lockdown on the poor masses.
Chairman of the party in the State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who made the appeal on Sunday, said hunger knows no form of political, ethnic or religious affiliation.
He spoke at the party’s secretariat during the distribution of food items to the residents of the State, irrespective of party affiliations.
Nwoye said the gesture was to help in ameliorating hunger following the lockdown.
While expressing joy that Enugu was now free of the virus, the Chairman lamented that hunger was now another virus ravaging the State.
He said no form of palliative had come to the State from Abuja as was done in other States of the Federation.
“In Enugu APC, we have waited endlessly for those of them in Abuja to get us something but we have not seen anything.
“So, we thought it wise and called some leaders and they came and contributed for us to procure these things you are seeing, which we are distributing to vulnerable persons.
“I commend the Enugu State Government. They are doing well, though it is being distributed through the local government areas, down to the communities. The only issue is that president-generals are either PDP members or affiliated to PDP.
“That is why we thought we should do our little here because hunger does not know political parties, just like COVID-19,” Nwoye said.
“Well-meaning APC members said we should do something here. We bought locally made rice from Abakiliki, yams and eggs. The eggs will be given to children of Enugu State because they need protein. We are distributing it to all vulnerable persons irrespective of party affiliations.
“The distribution will be done according to the three senatorial zones and local government by local government for downward distribution to the 260 wards,” Nwoye added.
He further revealed that another leader of the party had concluded plans to give N5000 each to two hundred persons.