About two hundred women in Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti State have received succour from the harsh impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as a non-profit organisation, Omo Ayiye Community Foundation, disbursed financial palliatives to cushion women from the socioeconomic impact of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.
In what was essentially a philanthropic response to the economic aftershock that has accompanied the Coronavirus pandemic across Nigeria, members of the non-profit organisation set out out on a humanitarian outreach in Ikere Ekiti, the second largest city in Ekiti State to ease the pains and hardship suffered by female members of the community in the wake of the pandemic.
The programme, which had in attendance notable personalities and indigenes of the town, took place at the Ikere City Hall where the sum of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000) was given to each of the 200 beneficiaries from the 11 wards across the town.
Speaking at the ceremony, an Abuja-based Lawyer and the President of the Foundation, Mr. Deji Morakinyo said the foundation was constrained to respond to what it perceived as a state of emergency considering the manner with which many hitherto hardworking women had found themselves caught in the clutches of socioeconomic hardship as a result of the lockdown which was a neccesary response on the part of the Federal Government.
“These are extraordinary times and the onus is on us to be our brothers’ and our sisters’ keepers” he said. “We need to stand up to be counted and be there for our mothers. These are times that require compassion for our fellow kinsmen who, despite their renowned hardworking and diligent nature, have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The socioeconomic effects of this pandemic may very well prove to be even deadlier than the pandemic itself if men and women with the heart and means do not rise up to stand in the gap. The holy scriptures of all religions call on us to support the needy and be a shelter from the storm for those who are less privileged. We can do no less”.
Representing the paramount monarch of the town, the Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adu-Alagbado, the Aladeselu of Ikere-Ekiti, Chief Mathias Idowu Fijuyigbe commended the efforts of the Omo Ayiye Community Foundation, urging other privileged members of the community to emulate their selfless and symbolic gesture which was reminiscent of the Ekiti Omoluabi ethos.
“It is so refreshing and heartwarming to see the compassion and generosity for which Ekiti is renowned on display again today,” he said. “I am especially grateful to our kinsmen who have risen to show goodwill to our women, without any political undertone. I am sure that this is the beginning of the revival of that Ekiti spirit of love for one another in our beloved community”.
Three of the beneficiaries, Mrs Rachel Afuye, Mrs Esther Aladesanmi and Mrs Funmilayo Atoyebi, who spoke with newsmen after the event, also expressed their profound appreciation in a shower of prayers towards the organisers for their generosity.
They wished the foundation successful outing in their various future endeavours.