From Ndidi Ihejieto, Owerri
Indigent and vulnerable persons in Ezemba Autonomous Community in Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State, recently heaved a sigh of relief as one of the illustrious sons of the community, Dr. Emeka Osuji, donated palliatives to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on many families across the area.
Dr Osuji, a Lagos-based lawyer, philanthropist and academic who is an indigene of the community donated 70bags of 50kg rice weekend through one of his kinsmen, Sir Fidelis C. Opara.
Speaking on the reason behind the gesture, Dr Osuji, through Sir Opara explained that he was motivated to extend the palliative to his kinsmen by the ever burning desire to always identify with the in all situations and seasons.
Opara who described Dr Opara as a philanthropist of note an illustrious son of Ezemba who has contributed enormously to the development of the new community adding that the people of the area were not surprised to receive the gesture because of his antecedents.
He noted that although the donation may not suffice in dddressing the economic needs of the people at this critical time, it would go a long way to cushion the adverse effects of the lockdown.
In his reaction, the traditional ruler of the community, HRH Eze Anthony Ekwe, commended Sir Emeka Osuji and his wife, Lady Emilia Osuji for the kind gesture for remembering their people down home despite residing in far away Lagos.
“What he has done is commendable and a show of his heartfelt concern about the suffering of the people, his own kinsmen. He is loved by all because he loves his people and Community. What he has offered is going to be a great relief to many families and individuals in this trying times,” he said.
The monarch used the occasion to call on other illustrious sons, wives and friends of Ezemba Community to emulate Dr Osuji and family pointing out that nothing will be too small to touch lives positively this time around.
Eze Ekwe who disclosed that the 70 bags of rice was the first and only palliative received by the community prayed God to replenish Dr Osuji’s stock in exceeding abundance.
He however regretted that people of the area have not received any palliative from the government at all levels even as one of the host communities of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, SMICA, Owerri.
Also contributing Okenze Kevin Ekeocha thanked Dr Osuji and his wife for their continuous show of kindness and generosity to Ezemba and prayed God Almighty to reward them.
Mr Charles Ashimole, personal assistant to Dr Osuji remarked that the gesture is a demonstration of his boss’s goodwill towards his kith and kin in times of need pointing out that he feels disturbed when things appear rough and tough with them.
Rev. Fr. Francis Onyekwere, Priest in charge of St. Peters Catholic Parish, Onyeaghalanwanneya, who prayed to declare the occasion open used the occasion to admonish the people of the community to always ensure total compliance with the the regulations issued by both government and health authorities, to avert the spread of COVID-19.
Present at the low-key occasion to hand over the palliative to the community were, the Royal Father of the community, HRH Eze Ekwe, Okenze Ekeocha, Ndi Nze Ezemba, women and youth leaders from the four villages of the autonomous community.