The Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced a donation of N120 million post-COVID-19 lockdown palliative to the people of the state.
Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, the state PDP Chairman, announced the donation at a news conference in Akwa on Saturday.
Nwobu also inaugurated a nine-man Anambra PDP COvID-19 Welfare Committee headed by Chidi Onyemelukwe, the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2017 election in the state.
He said the intervention was to complement the efforts of the Federal and Anambra States Governments towards cushioning the effects of the novel Coronavirus on the people of the state.
The chairman lauded the efforts of health workers who had been in the forefront of the fight against the pandemic and commiserated with families who had lost their loved ones.
Nwobu appreciated members of the Board of Trustees of the party who contributed the money, including Chief Peter Obi, who donated N40 million, PDP members in the Senate, House of Representatives and Anambra State House of Assembly among others.
On modalities for sharing the palliatives, Onyemelukwe said the party intends to enhance the state’s capacity to fight the virus by setting up a COVID-19 test centre in the next 21 days whenever the government makes a space available.
Onyemelukwe announced that N300,000 would be shared to every community in the state with the view to supporting the less privileged and most vulnerable.
According to her, 60 persons/families will be supported with the sum of N5,000 each to feed or build their businesses.
She said the committee, which already had N125 million in its kitty, would use N12 million for the three health institutions and two isolation centres in the state by providing medical equipment.
The welfare committee chairman said wards in the health facilities would get N105,000 worth of food items and cash.
She explained that the palliatives would be distributed devoid of political consideration, favouritism, discrimination, but with humanity in focus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the Senate contributed N10 million each, House of Reps N5 million each, while members of Anambra House of Assembly donated N1 million each.
On their part, Oseloka Obaze and Onyemelukwe donated N1 million each.
Other donors were Chief Obiora Okonkwo with N2.5 million, while Godwin Ezeemo donated N1 million.