As the effects of the coronavirus induced lockdown across the nation take their toll on the citizenry, a leading philanthropist and immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, articulated three things he believes that government and well to do individuals can do to cushion the hardship suffered by Nigerians.
In a press statement signed by Izuchukwu Oraelosi, the General Manager of Chineto Ozigbo Foundation, Mr. Ozigbo, a guber aspirant for the 2021 election in Anambra State, urged governments and wealthy individuals to prioritize the provision of food and water, security, and power.
Noting that those were vital in this lockdown period, Ozigbo recalled that through his foundation, Chineto Ozigbo Foundation, he had made interventions worth more than N20 million in providing thousands of bags of rice, thousands of hand sanitizers, face masks, and education materials in over 60 communities in the southeastern state.
“Through these programmes and our participation in other COVID-19 intervention projects, we are touching lives of over 100,000 people in my home state of Anambra,” the respected business leader said.
He, therefore, called on well meaning individuals in Anambra and across Nigeria to be more generous and help those who needed help at this difficult time, noting that government could not do so alone.
COVID-19 is a global pandemic in which two million people have been infected. Authorities have confirmed 373 patients in the country and eleven deaths. Several states, including Anambra, Lagos, Delta, Ekiti, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna are under lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.
By Jude Atupulazi