By: Awesome Ekene
Rotary International, Awka Axis, Anambra state have distributed palliatives to no fewer than 70 families in Awka and Njikoka Local Government Areas of the state.
The organisation made up of seven clubs under District 9142 also distributed buckets and handwashers to traders in various markets in the area to improve the hygiene of the traders.
THE DAILY VENDOR gathered that among the families that benefitted from the generosity of the body was the oldest man in Awka kingdom known as Otochali-Awka, Ozo Nwibe Nwosu, currently 120 years of age.
Speaking during the outreach, Assistant Governor Zone 7, Frank-Collins Okafor said the exercise was targeted at alleviating the problem associated with the Covid-19 pandemic among the people of the area.
He said the beneficiaries were selected from the seven clubs that made up the Awka axis, with extreme pitiable conditions irrespective of individuals’ state of origin.
He said, “Rotary as a humanitarian organisation sees this period as pivotal when many people are suffering. So we’re here to help them bear the cost and hardship.
“We asked each club to look around its own environment to pick the right people that need the palliatives, both indigenes and non indigenes.
“Out of the 70 families we are to visit is that of the oldest man in Awka who is 120 years today. We handed over some of our goodies to him, showed him love and wished him well.
Also speaking, Connect President, Rotary club of UNIZIK, Kanayochukwu Obidigbo warned against trivializing the pandemic following the poor handling of the index case in the state.
On his part, Assistant Designate Zone 7, Emma Nnagbo said the exercise was a demonstration of the organisation’s love and hope to the indigent and vulnerable.
One of recipients, the centinerian, Ozo Nwibe Nwosu described the visit as a blessing, praying God to reward the benefactors accordingly.
“Your coming here is a blessing. Thanks for remembering me. May God bless you with long life and good health the way he did to me,” he added.