As part of his contributions to alleviate the plight of the indigent citizens of Okigwe zone in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, a renowned philanthropist and International Businessman, Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu (Ikeoha Obowo) provided relief materials including instant noodles, hand sanitizers and disinfectants across Okigwe zone.
Addressing Newsmen in Obowo, Arc.Chidi Okeke, Coordinator of the programme who supervised the dispatch of the materials to other LGAs said: “This exercise is the official distribution of relief materials to the indigent people of Okigwe zone under the sponsorship of Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu (Ikeoha). He is a private businessman who is not a federal government contractor, and he has not held any political position but because of his love for his people, he is donating these materials which will help to cushion the effects of the lockdown caused by the corona virus pandemic”.
Continuing, Arc.Okeke explained that the Obowo-born philanthropist has inspired uncountable number in the society but sees this particular one as an opportunity to extend his goodwill to all the six local government areas in Okigwe zone which included; Obowo, Ihitte-Uboma, Ehime Mbano, Isiala Mbano, Okigwe and Onuimo respectively.
He stated that: “These materials are meant for the indigent people who cannot afford to make a living in this challenging period. It is not for any political party or individuals who can survive on their own. We therefore warn that it should be distributed to them in line with the plans of the donor.
This project ran into millions and over four thousand cartons of instant noodles with preventive packages will be distributed to sixty four wards in the six local government areas. We are working in collaboration with the Traditional Rulers and President Generals of the communities and the mode of distribution will be strictly monitored in all the local government areas” He said.
In his remarks, Hon.Chidi Dike, Chairman of PDP in Okigwe zone who was represented by Hon. (Mrs) Amarachi Owuamalam, Okigwe Zonal Secretary of the party described Chief Okewulonu as a man who understands the needs of the people. He emphasized that the main target for these provisions are the poor people in all the electoral wards of Okigwe zone insisting that the rules must be followed so it will achieve the purpose.
Hon.Dike lamented that the pandemic has claimed so many lives, caused a lot of panic and clamped business activities in the world as he called on the people to apply the preventive materials attached to the noodles and ensure that they follow all the directives from healthcare providers to stay alive.
Speaking at the Ehime Mbano distribution center, Hon. John Eboh Ochewuoche thanked the donor saying that the relief materials will go a long way to support the indigent people in the areas it will be shared.
He described Chief Emmanuel Okewulonu as an outstanding philanthropist who is not in any political position but in his usual way, he is showing a good example to other wealthy individuals in the society. He called on other well placed individuals to emulate this gesture and put smiles on the faces of the poor and less privileged in the society as he assured that the materials will be shared to only the captured indigent citizens in Ehime Mbano LGA.