By Hilary Akalugwu
Nsukka (Enugu State) – Mrs Lilian Omeje, wife of Nsukka Local Government Chairman on Thursday distributed food items to 300 indigent widows as palliatives to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown in Enugu State.
Omeje distributed the food items to the widows at Adada House in Nsukka.
The food items included bags of rice, beans, onions, cartons of noodles and tubers of yam, soap, toothpaste and face masks.
She said the beneficiaries were selected from the 20 wards that made up Nsukka council area.
She explained that the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of vulnerable widows so as to give them hope and sense of belonging during this trying period.
“With these food items they can see what they will use to feed their families,” the council chairman’s wife said.
Omeje urged the women to always maintain personal hygiene, wear face masks, maintain social distancing as well as obey other government’s directives to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
“Government’s intention for the lockdown is not meant to punish residents but to curb the spread of the deadly virus that has killed thousands of people across the globe.
“So abide by protective measures by government to help stop the spread of the virus.
“Always pray and support the governor, who has continued to do his best to ensure the welfare of residents and massive development of the state.
“God will continue to provide and bless you since you have your trust in Him as the creator of heaven and earth, ” she said.
She however, called on well meaning people in the country to always remember widows and the poor in the society.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), expressed appreciation to Omeje for the kind gesture and prayed God to replenish her pocket for remembering indigent widows.
NAN reports that as at May 13, Enugu state had 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 10 active cases while two had been discharged