Enugu state chapter, of Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN- the umbrella body of all players in the poultry industry which includes the farmers, the input dealers, the veterinarians, etc., on Monday, 20th, April, 2020, donated 500 crates of eggs, over 250 kilos of frozen Chicken, three non contact infrared thermometers to Enugu State government to support their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
Speaking to newsmen during the donation at Enugu State government house, the state chairman, Izuolisa Onu said the support became neccesary at a time when all the food items donated to the government are mainly carbohydrates.
“We saw that most of the palliatives, most of the food items being shared were mostly carbohydrates; rice, yam, noodles and basically no protein which is very important for the human body. It helps build immune system which is key in our fight against COVID-19.
“Today, Enugu State poultry association being one of the topmost commodity associations, we decided to work with our government to ensure that people in Enugu State especially the needy and less privileged that don’t have access to these things get an egg and some chicken to supplement whatever the government will equally give them.
“This gesture is aside what our members are doing in their various host communities,” Mr. Onu said.
Similarly, the Vice chairman, of the association, Nkem Uwaezoke, said they want to support the government in this trying time because they understand the time the country is in and they need relief.
She also saluted the government’s effort and encouraged the people of Enugu State to stay strong at this time.
Receiving the items on behalf of Enugu State government, the Chief of staff, Dr. Festus Uzor who couldn’t hide his joy thanked the association and assured them that the items they donated will reach the people of the state.
Mr Onu also enjoined their members to hang on in this trying moment as the body is doing all they can at this time to ensure they conduct their business smoothly despite the lock down. He also encouraged them to continue coming for their meetings (which is held 1st Wednesday of every month at Blue Island hotel) and also participate in their farmers forum where the farmers get some understanding about the new products and new farming techniques by experts and professional companies.