As the stay-at-home order resulting from the deadly spread of the coronavirus outbreak continues to take effect, well-meaning individuals and organizations in Anambra State have been assisting the indigent through donations of food items and cash to cushion the effects of the situation.
Another of those gestures came from Nice Micro Finance Bank, Nise and a board member of the bank, Chief Boniface Egbutu, both of whom donated four hundred bags of rice, other food items and the sum of four hundred thousand naira to the people of Nise.
Beneficiaries who were drawn from the four villages that make up Nise, namely: Arah, Ngodo, Isiakpu and Umuazu, were represented by their women’s leaders, all gathered at the bank’s headquarters, Nise, to receive the food items.
Presenting the 400 bags of rice from Nice Micro Finance to cushion the effects of the stay-at-home order, the chairman of the bank, Mr Chris Onor, said the step was taken in response to the need to assist the Anambra State Government in ameliorating the effects of the extended lockdown needed to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
He urged governments at state and federal levels to roll out more measures to better the effects of the lockdown on the people, especially the poor and indigent.
Furthermore, Chief Boniface Egbutu, Ogene ndi Nise, who assisted with a cash sum of four hundred thousand Naira, twenty bags of beans and four hundred tubers of yam, said he was giving out those items to help reduce hardship necessitated by the pandemic and called on other affluent members of the community to help in whichever ways they could in order to alleviate the sufferings of the indigent in the community.
While receiving the items, the President General of Nise Town Union, Barrister Dom Obiekie, commended the board members of the bank, pointing out that it was important that the items and cash got to the people that they were meant for as the town union had become part of the process to make it transparent.He however advised that community members should adhere to the sit at home directive and also follow the health tips proffered by the world health organisation to curb the spread of the virus.
Speaking to newsmen at his palace in Nise, the traditional ruler of Nise, Igwe Rowland Iloh, who is also a board member of Nice Micro Finance Bank, commended Governor Obiano for all the measures put in place to curtail the spread of the virus in the state and for the stimulus packages given to ndi Anambra to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He dvised the people of Nise to always adhere to the directives by government to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Speaking on behalf of Nise women, the women’s leader of the town, Mrs Kate Anosike, expressed gratitude to the management of the bank for having the interest of the vulnerable at heart and prayed God to bless them.
By Mercy Hill