The frontline aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has provided support to the community of Edo sons and daughters residing in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja through the Association of Edo State Indigenes Abuja [AESIA] as part of his efforts to cushion the effect of COVID-19 and its restrictions on the people.
The Association of Edo State Indigenes Abuja, with office domiciled in Edo House, Central Business District, Abuja, is the umbrella body representing all affiliate Edo associations in the Federal Capital Territory and has embarked on what it described as a ‘humanitarian advocacy crusade’ aimed at creating awareness on the disease and offering relief to identified Edo sons affected by the restrictions.
Finding their objective to be in tandem with his, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu joined efforts with the group and donated to the cause, a development that makes his interventions since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state the broadest and most expansive for any private individual, having first distributed food items and other sanitary materials to thousands of families across all Senatorial districts in the state.
Explaining the motive behind the move, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, through a statement released through his Support Organization said: “The objective of offering relief to our people wherever they may be in the country, and even beyond, at this difficult time is something we take with utmost seriousness. To achieve this, we have partnered with reputable NGOs and other interest groups for unprejudiced identification of affected persons and onward distribution of relief items.”
“AESIA has been doing good work establishing and maintaining contact with our people in Abuja. So we thought it strategic to use the network of the association and its data to offer relief and hope to those who may be in need. As data from NCDC shows, Abuja is second only to Lagos in terms of the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and so, we understand the toll this may have on our people. We believe reaching out to them at this hour and reassuring them that they are not forgotten is both the responsible and humane thing to do.”
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu had earlier written a letter to Edo people in the diaspora, particularly Italy and Spain where the virus has caused deaths in the thousands, encouraging them not to feel alone or despair.
In Edo state, he has also expanded his relief efforts, the latest being the commissioning of local tailors for the mass production of face masks to be handed out to the people free after the government threatened to throw people caught outside without the facemasks into jail despite failing to make any available.