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Anambra COVID-19 fund buoyed by more donations



MORE public-spirited individuals and corporate bodies have made generous financial and material donations to the Anambra State Government in support of the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaging nations across the globe.

   Igwe Mike Idigo, the traditional ruler of Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, Tuesday, donated N1million cash while Chief Jude Umeh Akubude, Chairman/CEO of Newton Park Hotels, Abuja, doled out N2 million to the government to cushion the effects of the scourge on the citizenry.

   The royal father, accompanied by his cabinet members when he handed over the money to Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, commended the proactive measures taken by Governor Willie Obiano in combating the COVID-19, adding that he consulted with his cabinet to donate towards alleviating the hardships arising from the scourge. He called on all patriots to team up with the government to win the battle.

   Bolton White Hotels Limited, Abuja, on the same day, presented a N1 million cheque to the state COVID-19 appeal fund through Chief Polycarp Obiukwu, Chairman/CEO of The Tourism Resort, represented by Felix Odumegwu, former chairman of Nnewi South LGA, as the facilitator.

   Anambra State College of Health Technology, Obosi, in Idemili North LGA, responded to the governor’s clarion call through a delegation led by the Provost, Dr. Robinson Mgbakogu, who donated 1,000 liters of hand sanitizers and 2,000 face masks as its contribution to the fight against the rampaging pandemic.

    The Rotary Club of Awka, also made a donation of N360,000 to the state government in support of the fight against COVID-19.

Its President, Prof. Uche Nwogwugwu, accompanied by Rtn Prof. Frank Collins Okafor, Rtn Ngozi Nwoji-Ekeh and Rtn Nwabufo Nwankwo remarked that as service-oriented organisation, they deemed it necessary to support to the state government in the fight against COVID-19.

    The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, led by the chairman, Dr. Uche Ezenwa, also donated 70 liters of hand sanitizers of assorted sizes and 500 liters of tap-fitted sanitary buckets to assist in the campaign against the global pandemic from spreading in the state.

Dr Ezenwa appealed to others to follow suit as government alone would not cope with the challenges posed by the global scourge.

    Receiving the donations on behalf of the state government, the SSG, Prof. Chukwulobelu, thanked the donors for responding to Governor Obiano’s plea for collective efforts in fighting the COVID-10 pandemic.

He prayed to God to reward the donors for the humanitarian gestures while he further requested patriotic Ndi Anambra to support in ameliorating the effects of the scourge on the populace.

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