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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
An Ipele, Ondo State-born Medical Practitioner based in the United States of America, Dr Oluwatoyin Abitoye today took steps to put smiles on the faces of over 1,000 households in the state to cushion effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on his people.
To this end, Dr Abitoye distributed foodstuffs to the households, both indigenes and non-indigenes irrespective of political parties affiliation to reduce hardship of the emergency period.
The palliatives, tagged “Abitoye Family’s Palliative”, which was carried out by his friends on his behalf, was handed over to the Head of each quarter in Ipele town in Owo Local Government area of Ondo state, after a royal welcoming by the Olupele-in-Council.
According to the medical practitioner, he deems it fit to reach out to his people from the little resources he has been blessed with, saying one’s resources was useless if one failed to channelled them into helping others, especially in a time like this.
Abitoye who spoke with online journalist through online interview, called for an emergency approach that would directly provide food on the table of Nigerians during this pandemic lockdown.
”It is hard to fathom the extent at which a token such as the little we have provided can go in terms of providing a meal for a family. Though, this is just a drop in the ocean with regards to what our people need to thrive, a more sustainable and comprehensive programme is required”. He said.
Abitoye, therefore, advised Nigerians to heed to the government’s directives on how to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that “bad economy is reparable, but lost human is not recoverable”.
He affirmed that over four million confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been recorded globally, noting that USA’s projection by next Friday was that, the number of deaths would surpass 100 thousand.
His words: “this huge number is obviously only a fraction of the true amount of those infected. But what is more striking is the number of those that have died in such a short period of time.
“I honestly believe both the federal and state governments are doing the best they can, given the resources within their reach. Remember this is a pandemic in the sense that it’s affecting every part of the world at the same time and it came on suddenly and unexpectedly.
“Obviously most governments all over the world and not just Nigeria could have done better to contain the outbreak at the outset and to mitigate the spread. But most governments do mean well and are doing their best.
“The expectation is that these leaders’ reaction to the pandemic is led by science and they in turn are well advised by scientists who are experts in this field”.
“The one thing that is guaranteed is that mankind will eventually beat this virus; but we must be patient, deliberative and cautious in our daily lives and activities until then”.
In his reaction, the representative of the Olupele of Ipele kingdom, High Chief Raji Sanni Olujashe appreciated the gesture and prayed for the donor, saying posterity will remember his kind-heartedness.
The coordinator of the distribution and former state Lawmaker, Hon. Dairo Tunji affirmed that about 1,000 households benefited from the gesture and commended the donor for his generosity.
Mr. Akinrogbe Olatunde, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the area, said Abitoye had really made many people because they weren’t expecting the gesture from somebody like him who he is not a political office holder.
He, therefore, called on other well-to-do sons and daughters of Ipele to emulate the gesture and give back to their fatherland this season and not wait till election period.
Some beneficiaries, including Mr. Momoh Jimoh representing the Ebira group in Ipele, and an elderly woman, Mrs. Margret Olotuyemi, lauded him for his passion towards his people, and for remembering them in a time like this, despite not be in Nigeria.