Frontline Edo APC governorship aspirant, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has said that public outcry over the Stay-at-Home order due to the Coronavirus pandemic which forced many breadwinners our of jobs with their families in hunger actually inspired him and his wife and their friends,to procure assorted foodstuff for free distribution to citizens across the state.
He said, ” we procured thousands of sanitizers which we deliberately shared round the whole state but while people were appreciative, the feedback was what they needed the most is not the sanitizers but food”.
According to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, as a couple, he decided with his wife and their friends to assist over 4000 families across the state with foodstuffs and water
when it appeared like the State government was not doing anything in that area because, “People have told us ‘we are told to stay at home, how do we eat?’ You can’t say these are lazy people. They are ready to go out and work but government say Stay at home”.
He was addressing the leadership of the state chapter of the COVID19 Civil Society Organization, led by Mr Purpose Osa-Iserenren who paid him an advocacy visit and declared that his concern for the welfare of Edo people to the extent of assisting some of them with Foodstuff predates the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who said ‘some of us actually derive joy from helping others” added, when the Uwelu Auto parts market in Benin City was gutted by an inferno last year, amidst the many promises of the state government, he not only went to empathize with the traders but gave them some financial support as well.
In the same vein when the River Niger overflowed its banks a few years ago and rendered many families in riverine communities in Edo North and Edo central homeless, He said he went to visit some of those affected families and gave them cash, food items and building materials.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who said him and his wife, Professor Idia Ize-Iyamu actually derive a great joy from helping other people, added that their gesture then and even this time around was beyond politics.
Leader of the Edo CSO group on Covid19, Mr Osa-Iserenren said they are made up of over 70 sister organizations with over 250 volunteers working in all of the 18 local government areas of the state, engaged in educating the populace about the Coronavirus, distributing hand sanitizers and ensuring that citizens so not suffer unjustly from the enforcement of the Stay at Home order.#