Umunya Community in Oyi LGA of Anambra State has formed COVID-19 Response Team. The objective of the laudable initiative is to first put preventive measures against the pandemic and to provide palliatives to down trodden in the community.
The initiative is the brain child of the traditional ruler of the town, HRH. Igwe Kris Chinedu Onyekwuluje.
Since Nigeria became apprehensive of the pandemic and asked for donations from well-meaning individuals and organizations to be able to put preventive measures in place and provide for the poorest of the poor; there have been responses in cash and materials from these entities.
The South East was initially excluded from palliatives being shared across the nation, until there was an outcry from the region. The exclusion made communities in the south east form COVID-19 bodies to provide palliative materials and palliatives to their people, such as the COVID-19 Response Team Umunya.
As a visionary leader, HRH Igwe Kris C. Onyekwuluje has to set the ball rolling by making the first donation of #500,000 (five hundred thousand naira only).
Immediately his donation was confirmed by the committee constituted to oversee the project, Umunya people of means started sending their donations in cash and materials. Below is the list of donors as from16th April, 2020;
1, HRH IGWE UMUNYA: #500.000 (12/04/2020, 5.33PM) %DR. NWACHUKWU. CONFIRMED.
2, ICHIE CHINEDU EKWUGHA(NWACHINEMELU): 342 TUBERS OF YAM. DELIVERED. CONFIRMED BY HRH.,(12/04/2020)
3, PHARMACIST UZOCHUKWU OBEY: 100 CARTONS OF INDOMIE(12/04/2020) DELIVERED. CONFIRMED BY HRH.
4, UMUNYA DEVELOPMENT UNION,%ENGR.KEN.OKAFOR, PG.: #1,000.000 (12/04/2020). PLEDGE NOT REDEEMED YET.
5, FIDELIS NWAKONOBI: #50,000 (13/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY ICHIE NWACHINEMELU, 1.06AM.
6,MUONAGHA FAMILY %ADA OKWY. #200.000.00, 4.37AM (12/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY DR. NWACHUKWU, 8.25AM.
7, OJIKE H. INNOCENT OJICAM: #200.000 10.59AM (13/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY DR. NWACHUKWU, 11..06AM.
8, CHIEF IFENWOBI IFEANYI,OMELORA: #200.000 9.03PM(13/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY ICHIE NWACHINEMELU, 9.10PM.
10, CHIEF AMANDI OKEKE: #150.000 12.31PM (14/04/2020) BANK TRANS. THRU. ICHIE EKWUGHA. CONFIRMED 2.09PM.
(11) HRH, IGWE UMUNYA: 8 PCS GAINT SIZE TAP FIXED BUCKETS AND 8 PCS BIG PAINT SIZE BUCKETS,ALL ALREADY CONTAINING MATERIALS FOR HAND SANITISERS,VIZ- DETOILS, DETERGENTS, SOAPS ETC DONATED FOR MAJOR CHURCHES IN UMUNYA. DELIVERED (14/04/2020)& CONFIRMED ICHIE EKWUGHA, 6.25PM.
(12) ICHIE UZOCHUKWU EZEOBA(AKUNWATA) #150.000 8.18am (14/04/2020), CONFIRMED BY ICHIE EKWUGHA G.C., 931AM.
13, PHARMACIST OBINNA SHEDRACK OKONKWO: #100.000 9.56AM (15/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY ICHIE G. C.EKWUGHA. 10.25am.
14, IGBASIA, ITE – EGO: #150.000 10.30AM(15/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY ICHIE NWACHINEMELU, 10.47AM.
(15) BISHOP ARTHUR NWACHUKWU’S FAMILY: #1.000,000 12.25PM (15/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY DR. A. NWACHUKWU CHAIR MEDICAL TEAM. 12.25PM.
(16) OBIANAGHA EKWENSI FAMILY: #100.000 7.35PM(15/04/2020) CONFIRMED BY DR. NWACHUKWU 7.49pm.
(17) IFEANYE ANACHUNA (OMEOGO): #100,000.
Umunya is blessed with men and women of means in business, in all works of life.
One time Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya IDE Anambra is from Umunya. Dr. Okey Odunze, a renowned politician and business mogul is from Umunya. Mr. Eloka Zikora, a renowned technocrat is a native of Umunya. Dr. Eloka Menakaya of Amana Hospital, known for its breakthrough IVF, is a proud Umunya man, prominent business man and philanthropist Ichie Chinedu Gilbert Ekwugha is from Umunya ; young international business mogul, Innocent Ojike (Ojicam) is a proud Umunya man. Chief Ifeanyi Ifenweobi (Omelora) is an international business tycoon and a proud Umunya man. Ichie Wilson Ikwuka (Afunwa) is a member of the team.
The town Umunya has many religious leaders of repute; among them is the Nwachukwu religious dynasty, the founders of Rhema Church World Wide. The Patriarch is Bishop Arthur Nwachukwu. They have Rev. Chidozie Nwachukwu, Rev. Anene Nwachukwu.
This initiative of HRH Igwe Kris Onyekuluje will in far reaching extent put smiles on the faces of indigent people in the town. And it is in another way going to bring peace to the town that has been bedeviled with accusations and counter accusations.