COVID-19 lockdown: Lawmaker commends Gov. Okowa for establishing Food Bank

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A Lawmaker, Mr Charles Emetulu, has commended the administration of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for setting up a Food Bank to assist in cushioning the effects of the 14-day lockdown in the state on indigent Deltans.

Emetulu, member representing Ndokwa West Constituency in the Delta House of Assembly, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Wednesday.

The lawmaker said that a centralised food distribution system, which the Food Bank aimed to achieve, was the best way to go in the present circumstance.

He noted that it was in line with the recommended precautionary measures in the distribution process.

He said that the Food Bank will also serve the needs of the targeted vulnerable persons irrespective of political interests as the COVID-19 lockdown was affecting every Deltan.

The lawmaker noted that uncoordinated food donations and distribution directly to the people could negate the social distancing order, which was the real essence of the lockdown.

The lawmaker added that the donors might not be able to identify those in need of the food items in their localities.

Emetulu said that as a critical stakeholder, he realised that what the people needed most to stay safe from the coronavirus was adequate sensitisation and enlightenment.

He noted that he was in constant touch with his constituents to keep them abreast of the relevant information that would prevent the spread of COVID–19 in the state.

He assured that at the appropriate time, the relevant committees at the constituency/local government level would work out the modalities for distributing the palliatives.

Emetulu gave an assurance that as much as possible the palliatives would get to virtually all constituents.

The lawmaker urged his constituents to continue to obey the precautionary measures recommended by experts and the state government, assuring them that the trying times would soon be over.

He commended the state government for all the proactive steps and measures put in place to keep Delta safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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