By Gabriel Olawale
Over four thousand residents of Edo state are set to benefit from the statewide distribution of food items by Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, the leading aspirant for the All Progressives Congress in the state.
The food distribution, according to Pastor Ize Iyamu, is targeted at the most vulnerable residents of the state, including the disabled, whose well-being could be negatively impacted by the disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease and containment efforts of the state government.
While releasing the first tranche of food materials in a lorry load headed for the 64 wards in all six local government areas of Edo North, he explained that the distribution of the items will be carried out without consideration for political leaning, ethnicity or any of such divisions.
“Let me say clearly that we are doing this not for politics. We are doing it because there is a compelling need at this time to do it,” he said.
He clarified that the recently appointed and announced Directors of his campaign organization are to help with the management and supervision of the distribution efforts to ensure that the target of 1000 families met. Two emergency phone lines – 07046373027 and 08114046290 – were made public to provide a means for residents of the state with the basic needs of food and water to contact the organization and facilitate a swift dispatch.
This, according to him, will help their quest to reach even the remotest parts of the state and ensure that every family in need of the food materials will get them.
Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu and his wife, Professor Idia Ize Iyamu, had earlier announced the production of more hand sanitizers and information materials for distribution to residents of the state, especially essential service providers such health workers and journalists who brave the odds to deliver crucial services to the people in spite of the announced restrictions.
Furthermore, there had been previous visits to centers housing special needs and physically challenged residents of the state with food materials and sanitary materials to avoid deterioration in health and sanitary conditions during the restrictive period.
Pastor Ize Iyamu repeated his appeal to the state government to set up food banks in strategic points across the state to prevent mass hunger and predicted violent struggle for basic needs while also calling on people of means in the state to follow his example and complement the government’s efforts to offer relief to those who are vulnerable in these special circumstances.