Smiles greeted the people of Kalabari Kingdom as over four thousand, five hundred persons from Degema, Akuku Toru and Asari Toru local government areas of Rivers State heaved a sigh of relief when they benefited from relief packages courtesy of sociopolitical pressure group Kengema Unity Forum.
The Kengema Unity Forum whose primary objective is to cater for the interest of all people of Kalabari Kingdom matched words with action by providing over two thousand cartons of Indomie noodles, hundreds of bags of rice and beans to all and sundry through the KUF trust fund.
Leader of the KUF, Ambassador Sobomabo Jackrich said the need to ensure that people of the area especially youths do not resort to criminality in order to survive due to the COVID-19 pandemic lock down, necessitated the move.
The KUF leader equally commended efforts of founder of Belema Oil, Tein Jackrich Junior, Mpaka Long-John and other political leaders in Kalabari for coming to the aid of the people during this time of difficulty, saying the group’s benevolence was not aimed at competing with anyone, but to complement the efforts of other political leaders in the area.
“Engr Tein Jackrich is a great selfless philanthropist whose benevolent nature is beyond what words can describe.
“It might interest you to know that about 80% of the palliatives provided in the state is courtesy of Engr Tein Jackrich” and it takes someone with a heart of gold to have the kind of compassionate heart he demonstrates to humanity.
“His benevolent gestures cut across all the length and breadth of Nigeria, and Nigeria needs a man like him to occupy position of authority in order to provide the much needed leadership we all yearn for.
“I pray God to bless him immensely and reward him accordingly”.
While urging other well meaning individuals of Kalabari Kingdom to emulate the benevolent gestures of EngrTein Jackrich Jnr, the KUF leader equally called on all well meaning people of Kalabari Kingdom to partner the organization and donate to its trust fund to enable it extend help to more indigent people of Kalabari.
Sobomabo Jackrich however warned that the state may be at high risk of the Corona Virus Pandemic if adequate sanitary measures are not put in place in all markets across the state as they open for trading activities Tuesday and Wednesday in line with the directives of the state government.
He said the brevity of the time allotted for the market operation may lead to overcrowding and non adherence to the social distancing policy.
On their part, some beneficiaries of the benevolent gesture of the KUF who spoke with our correspondent commended the group and its leader, Ambassador Sobomabo Jackrich for coming to their aid, saying the lock down had made it practically impossible to feed.