A Delta state born renowned peace and human rights advocate, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the state government for taking the bull by the horns and for yearning to the calls of Deltans of reaching out directly to people which the government has considered and set-up the Delta Food Bank Committee and chaired by the Governor.
Mulade however urged Okowa to involve traditional institutions in the distribution of the food items to deny politicians access to control and hijack the goodwill.
Speaking in the oil-rich city of Warri, Delta State on Tuesday, the Activist said that the State Food Bank was a welcome development, pointing out that many people are passing through untold hardship as a result of the Coronavirus across the globe.
According to him; “I want to clearly state that, today we are faced with CORONAVIRUS HUNGER, which is more dangerous than the Coronavirus health challenges because you need to be alive to fight the health problems and I want to sincerely commend the Government of Delta State for taking this bold and proactive steps to save lives and to cushion the suffering of Deltans”.
Comrade Mulade who is the Ibe-Sorimowei of the great Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West LGA of Delta State, once again appealed to Governor Okowa to personally monitor the distribution of the food items so as to reach the vulnerable and poor household devoid of Party interest and politics, adding that; “We are currently faced with human hunger not political campaigns or rallies, therefore all hands must be on deck to overcome this global health pandemic irrespective of party affiliations because lives are more important to be saved now”.
Comrade Mulade who is the National Coordinator of the foremost Non Governmental Organisation, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ in Delta State implored all Deltans to give maximum support and cooperation to the committee being chaired by Governor Okowa to enable them deliver on its mandate to Deltans without party interest.
He also said that; “Our State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa at this trying time must be encouraged, supported in prayers for us to collectively overcome this dangerous health pandemic which is not a respecter of person or personality.
“I want to strongly re-emphasise my appeal to Governor Okowa to kindly consider and fully involve our Traditional Institutions (Royal Fathers) who are more closer and have direct affection to their people than political structures. This strategy I strongly believe to the best of my knowledge will help and give credibility to the Government in the process of reaching out to its grassroot citizens and the receiving communities can monitor and collect their legitimate share, if not political office holders will hijack and resell the items back to the suffering Deltans and other Nigerians”, he added.