By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, May 17, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The ruling party in Anambra State, the People Democratic Party (PDP), has donated the sum of N120 million as COVID-19 lockdown palliative, and a COVID-19 Test Centre to boost the state’s capacity in the ongoing efforts against the virus.
According to the Anambra State PDP Chairman, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, who announced the donation at a news conference in Akwa on Saturday, May 16, 2020, the intervention was to complement the efforts of the Federal and Anambra governments towards cushioning the effects of the novel Coronavirus pandemic on the people of the state.
The PDP lauded the efforts of health workers who had been in the forefront in the fight against the pandemic and commiserated with families who had lost their loved ones.
Members of the Board of Trustees of the PDP in Anambra State who contributed the funds, including Chief Peter Obi, who donated N40 million, PDP members of Senate, House of Representatives and Anambra House of Assembly among other benefactors,were appreciated by the party.
A nine-man Anambra PDP COVID-19 Welfare Committee headed by Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe, the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2017 election in the state was inaugurated by Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, the state PDP Chairman to coordinate the distribution of the donations.
On modalities for sharing the palliatives, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe stated that the party intends to enhance the state’s capacity to fight the virus by setting up a COVID-19 test centre in the next 21 days whenever the government makes a space available to the party.
Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe also disclosed that N300,000 would be shared to every community in the state with the view to support the less privileged and most vulnerable, adding that 60 persons/families will be supported with the sum of N5,000 each to feed or build their businesses.
According to Onyemelukwe, the committee, which already had N125 million in its kitty, would use N12 million for the three health institutions and two isolation centres in the state with medical equipment, adding that wards in the health facilities would get N105,000 worth of food items and cash.
The palliative, according to Onyemelukwe, would be distributed devoid of political consideration, favouritism, discrimination but for the sake of humanity.
Contributors to the fund includes members of the Senate who contributed N10 million each, mem bers of the House of Reps who donated N5 million each, while members of the State House of Assembly donated N1 million each. Other donors were Mr Oseloka Obaze, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe who donated N1 million each, Chief Obiora Okonkwo N2.5 million, Mr Godwin Ezeemo N1 million, coupled with contributions from other party supporters.