Buoyed by the desire to help alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, DafriBank Plc, a South Africa based financial institution, and Umeh Foundation has donated palliatives worth millions of naira to Ezinifite Community, Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State.
A sum of N100 million was disbursed by the foundation and bank to foot the school bills of indigent children in the community for 10 years of which N10 million would be spent each year.
The aged and widows were not left out as some palliatives were shared with them as well. They received 250 bags of 50kg rice, 800 cartons of tomatoes, 800 cartons of groundnut oil, and 3,000 pieces of face masks. Some other members of the community also received a sum of N3000 each, among others.
In her address to the beneficiaries, Onos Oma, a senior staff of DafriBank Plc noted that both the bank and Umeh Foundation came to the community to aid the people that have been affected by the pandemic.
Her words: “So, we want to give out 16 metric tonnes of food supplies: 250 bags of rice, cartons of tomatoes and others to the people. The Founder and Chairman of DafriBank in South Africa is a son of the soil. He hails from here, Ezinifite community, Aguata LGA of Anambra State. We have made an impact in over 23 countries. We have done this in South Africa and we are here also to give back to the community.”
Ikem Okwonna, the President-General of the community participated in the sharing of the items among the three quarters in Ezinifite – namely, Aku, Amaekwulu, and Ifite.
The excited President-General, who led the sharing of palliatives, noted that it was the first time the community was witnessing such a thing. Thus, he called on other wealthy sons of Anambra State to emulate such gesture.
In terms of the education support fund, he stressed that it would assist many children, who had to drop out of school due to financial restraints.
On her part, Mrs. Patience Ozokwo, one of Nigeria’s finest actresses, while commending DafriBank and Umeh Foundation over the initiative, urged the people of the community to make use of the opportunity to send the less-privileged children to school as this would be an added advantage to them in future.