By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
A Chieftain of Accord in Oyo State, and former member House of Representatives, Hon Dada Awoleye has said there is no gainsaying in the fact that the Corona Virus pandemic has caused untold hardship to the global economy and Nigeria in particular.
The Ex-Lawmaker made the statement while addressing newsmen at the commencement of the second round of his palliatives for families of those badly hit by the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
He stated that his first phase involved distribution of money to over one thousand people, adding that this time around, another two thousand families are benefitting from the scheme of various food items of 10kg each. The food items include, rice, beans, garri, groundnut oil, Onions, salt and other various spices.
“The development has made many to loose their means of livelihood. To eat even once a day has become a herculean task for some people. Many parent hardly ask if their children have eaten and the so called lock down (whether partial or total) has not helped matters as people cannot freely go about their normal businesses without fear.”
Hon. Awoleye who is the Jagun Atunluse of Ibadan land said this is the time to jettison political inclinations and petty politicking and be part of a team to eradicate the pandemic and its attendant hardship.
He also hinted that he donated his token of N250, 000 to Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund and urged all well-meaning indigenes of the state and beyond to do so without any consideration of political leaning.
“I believe Oyo State and in fact Nigeria is greater than all of us, he stated.
The formal federal legislator said the distribution and gifting of food items code named palliative and Ramadan package which started since Monday will continue until a minimum of two thousand families are catered for.
He reminded the good people of the state to always stay safe, saying, it is alarming the exponential rate at which the corona virus cases are being reported in Nigeria and Oyo State in particular.
Hon. Awoleye advised the people to always stay safe, wash their hands regularly and always keep social distance of 3 to 6 feet, just as he urged students and youths to keep themselves by reading good books and learning one handiwork or the other, as idle hands are believed to be devils workshop.
The astute politician was of the opinion that the lockdown should be eased significantly so that what is left of people’s investments and means of livelihood will not be completely eroded since according to the healthcare professionals, the coronavirus has come to live with us for some time.
Hon. Awoleye said what is paramount is the stricter enforcement of the various measures put in place by government at all levels to put an end to the pandemic and absolute obedience by the citizens.