As part of efforts to assist the government in cushioning the effect of hunger during the covid-19 lockdown, one of the prominent non-governmental groups in Ogun state, Ota Gravity Group has distributed relief materials to over 300 aged and vulnerable indigenes and residents of Ota.
Recall that the Ogun state government is currently in its second stage of the feed initiative, an initiative which according to the state governor, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun, would feed 500, 000 vulnerable people in the state.
Speaking with newsmen on behalf of the group coordinator, Aare Ayodele Amos Bankole, one of the group members and a prominent chief in the town, High Chief Ganiu Dada, the Oluwo Itoki of Ota, said the need to abate hunger in the community, especially among the aged and vulnerable necessitated the group’s initiative.
He said, ‘Ota Gravity Group, which comprises of Ota indigenes both at home and in diaspora felt the pains and agony of our people in this lockdown. People are hungry at home and it is not safe outside. There is need for them to keep staying indoor to help government in fighting the deadly virus. At the same time, they have to feed.
Hunger is not good in the body, reason why we pulled resources together to cater for our people’.
High Chief Dada challenged philanthropists and influential people to step in and assist the people at this time as their wealth is meaningless if they refuse to tend to people’s need in time like this.
He urged people to persevere as government is doing its best possible to ensure that the pandemic is shown the exit door in the state and Nigeria at large, also urging them to keep social distancing, use face masks and sanitize their hands at all times.
Hon. Segun Ojolowo, a member of the group told VOA News correspondent that the group has the interest of its people at heart, more reason why they deemed it fit to come to their aide. He said that the group will continue in its bid to ensure the welfare of people even beyond the lockdown.
Recall that Ota Gravity Group, which was officially formed in January, 2020 gifted 25 UTME forms to students,
donated financial aide towards the construction of Chief Imam’s house among other humanitarian gestures.
Other group members who teamed up to execute the initiative included;
immediate past member of Ogun state House of Assembly, Hon. Aina Akinpelu, Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Hon. Kola Rahmon Salako, Iyalaje of Ota, Chief Mrs Abina, Mr. Wale Adegbite, among several others.