By Binebai Princewill
In what appears as an uncommon gesture, the member representing Sokebolou and Yokiri communities in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State in the Delta State Land /Waterways Security Committee, Comr. Dede Pere-Ebi Roland has given his March Salary to the elderly in the said communities for their upkeep during this trying time.
Comr. Dede, a civilian security chieftain in Delta State presented his March Salary to the Sokebolou Community Chairman, Prince. Churchill Dose and the youth president of the community, Comr. Blessing Towei flanked by Prince Pullou Dose and others who received the cash gift on behalf of the elderly in both Sokebolou and Yokiri communities.
The event was witnessed by Chief Horgan Alaye, the Amaokusuwei (Eldest man )
of Sokebolou community.
Hinting The Liberator Newspaper, the philanthropist, Mr. Dede Pere-Ebi noted that the N200,000.00 will be disbursed among the aged men and women of the twin communities in Ogulagha Kingdom to be supervised by the leaderships of the communities.
In his reaction after receiving the cash for onward disbursement, chairman of Sokebolou community, Prince. Churchill Dose praised Dede for his kind gesture, stressing that what he has done will not be easily forgotten by the elders and the entire members of the two communities.
Chairman Dose stated that he is surprised at the whole thing, adding that the Lord Almighty will surely reward Dede in a larger way and that whatever he is looking for in life, he will achieve it.
In a similar reaction, the Amaokusuwei of Sokebolou, Elder Horgan Alaye had commended Mr. Pere-Ebi for remembering the elderly in such a terrifying moment in the midst of many others, stressing that good things only will begin to locate him and his household.
When asked by our reporter on the rationale behind the gesture, Dede stated that the task of making the society a better place is all encompassing as he is merely contributing his quota to that effect.
He said it gives him great pleasure to give back to the society in his own little way, stating that one does not need to own the entire universe before he or she could give back to society.
Meanwhile, Dede had admonished all sons and daughters of Ogulagha Kingdom to strictly adhere to the safety measures provided by medical practitioners to avoid spread of the virus.
He said people should maintain high level of hygiene, washing of hands regularly with liquid soaps, the frequent use of hand sanitizers as well as the social distancing rule, stressing that Covid-19 is real as there is no doubt about it.
In his words: “It was awesome and amazing as I give back to Sokebolou/Yokiri communities. I represent Sokebolou/Yokiri communities respectively as Member Delta State Land and Waterways Security Committee, hence I have decided to give my March Salary of #200,000 to my beloved communities to enable them reach out to both old men and women that are in need of food stuffs during this challenging time of Covid19.
“I want to also use this medium to advice my people to constantly practice social distancing of at least 2 meters, frequent washing of hands. Stay safe Covid-19 is REAL.
“We should always remember where we hailed from and make it our first priority. Our communities need us now than ever.”