*Focuses on 60yrs and above, physically-challenged
About 5000 Nigerians of Edo origin will have their bank accounts credited with N2000 each by Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA).
EPIA is also planing to move into the second stage of cash and items distribution to more people, who have become incapacitated by the spread of coronavirus in the country.
President of EPIA, Bishop Edokpolo told Jungle Journalist Media Limited in Benin City that as part of efforts to provide palliative for Nigerians during the lockdown period, EPIA is giving to the people.
“We have completed modalities to provide financial palliative for up to 5000 through direct payment. As an Indigenous organisation, we cannot abandon our people in this time of emergency and Nigerians across the globe have been very supportive”.
He also revealed that there are about 9 thousand registered Edo indigenes whom the group intends to assist, including other Nigerians from the donations which the group has been receiving.
Edokpolo explained that more beneficiaries would emerge in the next weeks, who apart from getting cash alerts, would also be given items that they need.
The motivational speaker enjoined others to join the organisation, and solicited for more funds from those who can afford to give out to the needy:
“Support Edo Indigenes today by donating something to help our people across the state and beyond. If you are an Edo Indigene and you are not registered with us, you are requested to do so urgently as we can not support you financially without your contact.
“Should you be an Edo indigene, please apply on our website now in order to qualify for this benefit and others to come in the future. The website is edoindigenes.org
“Your mother or father must be biologically from Edo State, for you to qualify. Apply now to qualify.
“Edo Progressive indigenes Association would also welcome contributions from willing Edo men and women to assist our people this season.
“To make a donations, please visit our website @ edoindigenes.org
and fill out the form. Our bank account is also available online for donations, and food items and other essential commodities are acceptable, as we are set to present gift items to 60 years and older and the physically challenged Edo Indigenes this coming Friday“.
Jungle Journalist Media Limited gathered very reliably that a number of philanthropists, groups, well meaning Edo Indigenes and good spirited individuals both home and in the Diaspora have contributed towards the project. Some of them include the following:
Mr Edopkayi (Maryland USA),
Osaretin Best (Germany), Andrew Wong (Canada), Prince Victor Ovie and the (Noble Club of Australia).
Others include Brawn Arisco (Canada), Micheal Westergard (Danish citizen), Osaro Uhunamure (Benin), and Onohi Ehigiato (Uromi).
“We also look forward to helping Nigeria Indigenes. with our donations overflow”, Edokpolo concluded.