By CHUKWUMA Okereke
Relief items worth millions of naira have been sent to the people of Umuezeala Ogwara Autonomous Community by its sons and daughters resident in the United States (U.S.).
The community is in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
The palliatives which include fifty-one 50kg bags of rice, twenty-five big bags of beans, and airtime credit to twenty people, were shared out on Sunday, according to the directives of the donors.
The food items were shared pro rata among the (Ama-Ise) five villages: (Umuaro, Umuezeala-Ofor, Umumanu, Umuobu and Umuako) 10 bags of rice, and 5 bags of beans each before the press and security agencies who also witnessed it, at the (Omaorie) community hall.
Speaking with the press shortly after handing the items over to the village heads, the President General (PG), Nze Casmir Okorocha, on behalf of the people, expressed profound gratitude to their benefactors.
“Indeed, I am very happy as much as Umuezeala Ogwara Autonomous Community, over the gift of the food items of palliatives given to us by our brethren in the U.S. The entire community wishes them long life and good health. We also pray God to prosper them in their endeavours. We promise to always say the prayer point they have asked us to,” he said.
On the implications of the palliatives on the people, Okorocha stated that the donors had succeeded in bringing people of different denominations in the community together.
The PG who assumed office in January, informed that electricity had been restored in the community as he had promised, and his major challenge now is to give the people a new constitution, adding that his administration policy is anchored on the dual purpose of transparency and doing the wish of the people in the fear of God.
The vice president, Nze Ken Uche, noted that in spite of the worldwide pandemic that benched everybody, the benefactors still think about their people.
“In spite of the lockdown in the US where they are self isolating they are still thinking about their kit and kin.” He prayed God to bless them abundantly.
A retired policeman, Chief Canice Uwa (Omeudo), who represented the traditional ruler, Eze Emmanuel Ekwunno, described the gesture as unprecedented in the history of the area.
He said, “I know this is first of its kind in the community. I know that our sons and daughters outside have seen that peace has taken over in the community. Now they’ve remembered their people at home do not die of hunger in this COVID-19 and they tasked themselves to do this.”
“On behalf of the Eze, I want to say we’re very, very happy. We pray that the donors should live long and for God to replenish their pockets.”
Chief Uwa also expressed delight over the honest way the relief was shared, urging the handlers to keep the good work up.
Other. community leaders also added their voices.
The Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Vincent Chima Okpara, also described the gesture as first of its kind among the parishioners and a good deed arising from a good thought, and prayed for them.
“I pray the Good Lord will always go before them, to lead them behind, to protect them, and above all to bless them; bless their good intentions, that they’ll remain our good ambassadors.
That they’ll prosper, and they’ll always testify to the goodness of our Lord,” adding “at this juncture I also assure them of our prayers. We’ll continue to pray for their well-being, for their families and for their friends.”
The President General, Town Union (Home and Abroad Women) Lady Rose Nwaohiri, on behalf of the women expressed happiness.
As she put it, “We’re very happy over the palliatives by our husbands’ brothers and sisters in the U.S. because hunger has been ravaging us in the village here… May God bless them in many folds in Jesus name.”
Her deputy, Mrs. Kate Nwagwu (Acharaugo) chipped in “We thank God over the palliatives. At the outbreak of the coronavirus in Nigeria as elsewhere we’ve been washing our hands, now we have food to eat. We thank our husbands’ siblings overseas who brought us these food items. We pray God to have mercy on them. Whenever they wash hands they shall have something to eat too, in Jesus name, Amen.”