By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
It was all joy for over 5,000 families from Idemili North, Idemili South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Oyi and Dunukofia Local Government Areas of Anambra State, Tuesday, when the Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion, distributed palliatives worth over N30 Million to them.
Presenting the items which included thousands of bags of rice, beans, tubers of yam, cartons of noodles, cartons of beverages and cartons of milk, to the Archdeacons and Priests in charge of the churches, the Bishop, Diocese on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo, PhD, thanked all the donors from the Diocese for responding to the call to donate to the people who were finding it difficult to survive during the ongoing lockdown.
The Bishop on the Niger prayed God to intervene on the families of those afflicted by the virus and give succour to those suffering from hunger and deprivation because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishop Nwokolo said the Diocese for its part, made substantial monetary contributions for the items to be purchased for distribution to the people.
'We are here to respond to the call by our people who are not finding things easy this period of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The items being distributed to over 5,000 homes are thousands of bags of rice, beans, tubers of yam, cartons of milk, beverages, noodles, onions and other food items.
'We want to touch homes because of the lockdown hitting badly on the people. We also want to use this opportunity to ask our members to donate more for distribution to the people,' Bishop Nwokolo said.
He disclosed that it would be easy to distribute the items to the people through the parishes and Archdeaconries who had already compiled the list of the beneficiaries.
'While we observe the lockdown, we urge the people to stay at home and maintain all the directives of the government to avoid being infected by the pandemic virus.
'We are equally praying because prayers are important, especially now the pandemic seems to have surpassed all human understanding,' he said.
Bishop Nwokolo appealed to the Anambra State Government to ensure that the palliatives they were sending out got to the people they were meant for, even as he appealed to the wealthy in society to rise to the challenge by remembering the poor and deprived among them.
In her remarks, the wife of the Bishop on the Niger, Dr, Mrs Elsie Nwokolo, a Pharmacist, called on families, particularly mothers, to use the opportunity of the lockdown and stay-at-home and build better understanding, love, peace and unity in their homes.
Dr Mrs Nwokolo who is also the President, Mothers Union, Women's Guild and Girls Guild, Diocese on the Niger, added that mothers should pray for their families and teach their children the word of God and how to maintain simple hygiene.
She implored mothers to tell their children Bible stories by reading and praying together, adding that the COVID-19 era was not only for compliance but also for praying and praising God.
In his vote of thanks, the Archdeacon, Onitsha Archdeaconry and most senior Archdeacon in the diocese, Ven Obi Ubaka, on behalf of other Archdeacons, said they were elated that Bishop Nwokolo remembered those ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.