By Jude Atupulazi
“As Stakeholders Raise N125M for Palliative Support”
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Family in Anambra State has taken a bold step in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by the planned establishment of a standard COVID-19 testing centre in the state.
This was made known, Saturday, May 16, by the chairman of the Anambra PDP Palliative Committee, Dr Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe, at the party secretariat in Awka during a press briefing organised by the party
Onyemelukwe said that Anambra PDP had mapped out a total sum of N125M as a post lockdown cash and other material welfare support to Anambra People.
She explained that the total sum of N125M which was donated by those she described as generous members of the Anambra PDP Family, would be channelled into supporting the people, especially the most vulnerable, to get back on their feet. She also said the party would set up a standard COVID-19 testing centre in the state.
Onyemelukwe stated that Anambra State deserved a COVID-19 testing lab in the state within 21 days of adequate space being provided by either the Anambra State Government or on the alternative, the Federal Government.
She said the need for such a centre in the state was because of the state’s economic and commercial importance to the country.
‘We are therefore requesting the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Anambra State Government to provide us a space, either at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka; or any of the hospitals in Anambra State, donated to the Federal Government by the Catholic Church, to set up a standard COVID-19 testing lab for this purpose,’ she said.
It was also gathered from Dr. Onyemelukwe that each community in Anambra State would receive a total sum of N300, 000 to enable them to give 60 least privileged families in each community a total sum of N5000 each to help them start life again, while food, cash and other items, would be provided directly to each ward in each community.
Onyemelukwe assured that accountability and transparency, which, she said, PDP was known for, would be ensured in the disbursement of funds and distribution of the relief materials.
Appreciating the generous donors, the PDP Chairman of Anambra State, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, said their sacrifices, aimed at reducing the hardship experienced by the less privileged people of Anambra State, were laudable.
Chief Nwobu who warned that the COVID-19 pandemic respected neither political positions, tribal origins nor religious affiliations, urged everyone to unite and fight the pandemic as one family.
Speaking through his Media Aide, Barr. Valentine Obienyem, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP, in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi, who donated forty million Naira to the cause, disclosed that he was aware of the challenges facing the less privileged people of Anambra State in this period.
On setting up a COVID-19 testing centre, Obi said it was needed urgently as the government needed to carry out more aggressive testing so as to ascertain the level of the spread of the infection in the state.
Obi said that considering the strategic role Anambra played as a commercial hub in the South East, it was imperative to set-up a COVID-19 testing lab in the state.
He assured that when the Federal Government of Nigeria or Anambra State Government provided a space, the COVID-19 testing centre wou