Friday, April 3, 2020

Soludo Donates N10M To Anambra COVID-19 Fund

By C.Don Adinuba 

The drive by Anambra State Government to raise funds to fight the coronavirus, which has since last December been tormenting the world, received a boost today as the former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, donated N10m to the Anambra State COVID-19 Fund.

When the money was paid this afternoon into the Fidelity Bank account of Anambra COVID-19 Fund, I called Prof. Soludo to acknowledge the kind gesture. “You don’t need to thank me. It is our collective responsibility to rise up to the historic challenge of this moment and support the excellent leadership of our Governor in his proactive efforts to shield our people or minimize the damages of the COVID-19 scourge”, Soludo said.

Soludo also commended the efforts of the Federal Government, the Bishops and clergy of the various church denominations in Anambra, the market associations, traditional rulers, leaders of town unions, political parties, civil society organizations, teachers and public servants, students and youths, captains of industry, and indeed all Anambra people for their unity of purpose in co-operating with the government to defeat the common threat.
“I am working hard with my foundation and friends on the finishing phase of a 120-bed hospital we are building, which will be managed by the Church, as well as contribution to my Party’s COVID-19 Fund. We are also mobilizing resources and doing quite a lot at the community level, but you know that I don’t indulge in what I call opportunistic charity and so I won’t talk more about these. The point is that a time like this requires everyone to do something, however little, to help”, Soludo added.

Prof. Soludo particularly praised Gov. Obiano for the comprehensive plan to combat the virus, and more so the compassionate stimulus package to lessen the hardship of the lockdown on the most vulnerable.

Professor Soludo expressed satisfaction with the state’s preparedness and farsightedness in the campaign against the coronavirus”, citing the 16-bed bed isolation centre at the Onitsha General Hospital and the 240- bed isolation centre at the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Complex at Mbaukwu-Umuawaulu in Awka South Local Government Area, renovation of Ekwulobia and Umueri General Hospitals, as good examples of effective measures to mitigate the disease if it gets into the state.

He also praised the state government for training medical personnel like doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists and even cleaners in the professional management of viral cases. “Still”, he noted, “a lot still needs to be done like the provision of more personal protection equipment, face masks, ventilators, ICU equipment, medicines and other materials”.

“This is the time we must all rise, irrespective of political affiliations or status, to be our neighbours’ keeper. I commend the national Chairman of APGA, Ozonkpu (Dr.) Victor Oye, for his initiative in mobilizing resources for the most vulnerable members of the party during this lockdown (in the spirit of its motto: “be your brother’s and sister’s keeper”) and I urge other political parties to emulate this. At a time like this, no one is too poor to give: if everyone gives N10, we will mobilize millions! Let everyone who can, send “something”—just any amount--- to that COVID-19 bank account and do something for your neighbour”, Soludo concluded.

C. Don Adinuba is Anambra state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment.
Friday, 3rd April, 2020

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