COVID-19: Don’t Divert Relief Materials, Obaseki Warns

  • says if we are not careful, hunger will kill people

The First lady of Edo State Betsy Obaseki has warned against diverting relief materials meant to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable people.

Mrs Obaseki said such action would compound the current difficulties posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The wife of the Governor warned that hunger could be a bigger threat to the deadly virus.

Betsy Obaseki
Betsy Obaseki

She made the statement during the handover of relief materials from the state government to representatives of various groups in Benin City.

Mrs Obaseki urged the representatives to avoid the temptation of hoarding the items or sharing it to people with less use for it.

“These relief materials are meant only for the vulnerable in society, it is not meant for those who can afford full lockdown in their homes. If we are careful coronavirus will not kill too many people in this country, but if we are not careful it is the hunger that will kill people. That is why the government is taking these steps to do what they have to do,” she said.

The governor’s wife handed over garri, bags of rice, bags of beans, millets, seasonings, soaps, detergents, puree, and oil.

Mrs Obaseki urged the financially stable residents to assist the vulnerable people around them.

Buttressing the position of the First Lady, the State Commissioner for Social Development and Gender, Maria Edekor noted that the relief materials are meant for the elderly, disabled people, children in correctional centres, returnees, prison inmates, rehabilitation centres and orphanage homes.

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