Delta Covid-19 Lockdown: Team David Edevbie Distributes Sanitizers, Foodstuffs To Deltans.
…Commends Governor Okowa’s Visionary Leadership In The Fight Against Covid-19 Pandemic.
By Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe Esq.
Good governance is a joint responsibility, which is why government and the governed, leaders and the led, private and public sectors must continue to work creatively together for the attainment of vibrant and progressive economy in developed and developing societies.
It follows that for government to deliver on its “social contract” with the electorates; citizens must play their roles in nation building by way of paying taxes, obey legitimate laws and orders, partner with government on socioeconomic remodelling policies and programmes as well as jointly attract local and foreign investments for sustainable job and wealth creation.
Social welfare is therefore an integral part of the “social contract” which every responsible and responsive government anywhere in the world must strive to consistently implement to improve the living standards of the people and at the same time spread the commonwealth for the prosperity of citizens.
Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, is seen by majority of Deltans as a visionary leader because of his giant strides especially in road infrastructure development, job and wealth creation via YAGEP and STEP Initiatives supervised by the Bureau for Job and Wealth Creation in the State.
It must be stated that the laudable achievements of this administration is also traceable to the public-private partnership synergy which every forward looking government must sustain and improve upon because of its inestimable advantages.
In the light of the above, government of Delta State through the governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, took the bull by the born by responding very early to World Health Organisation’s, WHO, call on governments to prevent and combat the Coronavirus pandemic which broke out recently in Wahum, China.
The ongoing state lockdown is one of the decisive steps taken by government to prevent Covid-19 pandemic from rearing its ugly head in Delta State. The governor in a state broadcast called on wealthy Deltans and the political class to contribute in cash and in kind towards the fight against the dreaded killer, Coronavirus.
In swift response to the appeal made by the state government and the governor, a vibrant political pressure group; David Edevbie Solidarity Movement; immediately constituted its “Covid-19 Public Sensitization Unit” and commenced the distribution of hand sanitizers, face masks, hand globes and foodstuff to the poorest of the poor, senior citizens from 70 years and above.
The good intentions of the Edevbie group is premised on the need to partner with this administration during the lockdown on the one hand, and the strong desires of their political leader, Olorogun David Edevbie, to align himself with citizens plights by providing palliatives to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in Delta State.
Needless to remind us that David Edevbie is the amiable Chief of Staff to the Governor of Delta State, but it is important to remind us that Smart Edevbie is blessed with a colourful destiny, successful career traced to his banking landmarks in England and his valuable contributions towards the growth of the state economy and socioeconomic remodelling of Delta State, spanning nearly two decades and still counting.
Those close to Edevbie are quick to tell you that he is a brilliant, jovial, down to earth super technocratic whose desire is to impact society through quality service, selfless leadership and above all, to make life worth living for the people through his active participation in politics and governance.
Edevbie’s desires are further revealed in his numerous efforts in governance and political leadership as Commissioner Emeritus and as former Principal Secretary to President Musa Yaradua of blessed memory.
The COS’s kind disposition is further strengthened in his people focused Covid-19 State Lockdown palliatives championed by his political team, supporters and associates.
Team Leader of David Edevbie Covid-19 Public Sensitization Team, Engr. Jonathan Evwierhurhoma said the group started it’s activities in Delta Central and will move materials and foodstuffs to as many Deltans as possible, subject to availability of funds.
The group, according to him, deemed it fit to respond to the appeal made by governor Okowa, requesting wealthy Deltans and Groups to assist government in reaching out to the good people of the state, during the lockdown by informing them on the need to adhere strictly to the stay at home order. Edevbie team decided to distribute foodstuffs and sanitizers to the poorest of the poor on a door to door basis and via credible channels, so as to cushion the socioeconomic effects of the lockdown.
“The Edevbie Covid-19 Sensitization group visited all markets in Ughelli North, created awareness and distributed hand sanitizers before the lockdown.
“We took the awareness campaign to Orerokpe, Osubi, Ekpan, Effurun, Otokutu, Orhunworun, and Ovwian emergency markets on 4th April, 2020; and distributed hand sanitizers to the good people of Ughelli South – Udu, Uvwie and Okpe respectively.
“The team also visited Ekpan and Ovwian Police Stations to share branded sanitizers to Police Officers because of the important roles they play in peace building, protection of lives and property.
“We also visited the palace of Uvwie King, Orodje of Okpe and Owhorode of Olomu palace. We are on the move and hope to cover as many local government areas as possible before 14th April, 2020.
“Some of the items that we have distributed includes; bags of rice, gallons of 5 litres Kings vegetable oil, bags of 25kg Salt, cartons of medium Titus fish and cartons of small tin tomatoes, to cushion the effects of the stay at home order.
“We also produced advocacy jingles and paid for several commercial slots on Radio and Television Stations across the state to highlight preventive measures; regular washing of hands, use of sanitizers, hand gloves, face masks and social distancing.
“To achieve our goals, we mobilized resources among ourselves and also got the needed support and encouragement from our political leader, Olorogun David Edevbie, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Delta State. We believe in Edevbie’s leadership capacity, his ability to bring about good governance and impact positively on the lives of Deltans, now and in the future.
“It is our strong desire to do everything and anything possible to consistently support Okowa administration in its genuine efforts to bequeath to all Deltans, a Stronger Delta State,” Evwierhurhoma assured.
In a telephone conversation with CoS David Edevbie, he said his team is determined to reach out to as many Deltans as possible, especially the poor through media advocacy and also provide palliatives; foodstuffs and branded sanitizers to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 prevention lockdown in the state.
“Our boss, Gov Okowa encouraged us to do the needful within our capacities to combat Covid-19 pandemic from surfacing in Delta. It is therefore our collective responsibility as citizens. to obey the governor and partner with the state government to fight this dreaded virus that his claiming so many lives across the globe.
“What my political associates and followers are doing right now to cushion the effects of the stay at home order, is to align with our people and show them that we care for their safety and good health. I am particularly happy and I know that His Excellency the Governor is also very excited that our state is clean and free from the pandemic. To God be the Glory.
“It is therefore very necessary for us to ensure that the state remained clean from Covid-19. I urge all Deltans to support the governor and the state government by adhering strictly to the stay at home order. It is the right thing to do under the prevailing circumstances.
“I respectfully call on other Deltans of good financial standing to contribute to the fight against Covid-19,” Edevbie said.