- As Nigeria battles the dreaded coronavirus pandemic, some politicians are using the opportunity to reach out to their people
- One of such politicians is Senator Andy Uba, a former member of the Nigerian Senate representing Anambra South senatorial district
- Senator Uba has provided relief materials to the people of the state through his foundation
A former Anambra senator, Dr Andy Uba has distributed relief materials such as face masks, hand sanitizers and food items to rural communities in the state.
The senator said the move is in a bid help the needy cushion the effect of the lockdown and to sensitize them on the dangers posed by COVID-19.
He urged the people of Anambra state to adhere strictly to the safety measures given by the government and relevant agencies in a bid to combat the deadly coronavirus.
Legit.ng gathered that the relief materials were distributed through the Andy Uba Foundation.
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Parts of a statement from Uba to the people of the state read: “I bring you words of comfort and concern at this critical moment of Coronavirus pandemic scourge.
“As you might have known, the disease is spreading fast, and our country at the moment is not spared.
“As we continue to pray God for a breakthrough in the effort to produce an effective vaccine, I urge you to adhere assiduously to the relevant authorities' stipulated safety measures.
“Please adhere to the stated preventive measures and stay safe.”
Meanwhile, a leading non-governmental organization, Connected Development (CODE) has launched a nationwide citizens' online campaign to track cash donations made to the federal government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
The move was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, March 31 and signed by the founder of the organisation, Hamzat Lawal.
Lawal said CODE will hold the ministry of finance, ministry of health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to transparency standards.
In a related development, a former lawmaker has called on the federal government to release inmates who have committed a petty offence and serving at the Nigerian Correctional Centres across the country.
Danlami Kurfi, a former lawmaker who represented Dutsinma/Kurfi federal constituency at the 8th House of Representatives said those who have cases that can be referred to as "small offences" should be released due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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