By Olivia Isibor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Bestsy Obaseki, First Lady of Edo State hit the nail on the head when she warned those diverting relief materials meant for the poor and vulnerable members of the society to personal use to desist forthwith from such selfish acts as they could end up compounding the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic. Betsy gave this charge while presenting relief materials – bags of rice, bags of beans, garri, noodles, oil, puree, millet, seasoning, soaps and detergent – from the state government to the heads of various groups in the state.
In her words: “These relief materials are meant only for the vulnerable in the society, it is not meant for those who can afford full lockdown in their homes. If we are careful coronavirus will not kill too many people in this country, but if we are not careful it is hunger that will kill people. That is why the government is taking these steps to do what they have to do”.
The relief materials are meant for orphanages, prison inmates, handicapped, and the elderly. Mrs Obaseki also challenged more affluent members of the society to complement the efforts of the government by reaching out to the poor in these critical times.