OYOGist.com has learned that the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) has donated about N5 million to the six South-West states as well as Kwara and Kogi states to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Convener of the union and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, disclosed this in a release on Thursday in Lagos. He said the donation was directly deposited into each state’s COVID-19 Committees’ accounts, for those that were directly affected by the pandemic for drugs, treatment and food.
According to him, the financial intervention is as a result of OPU members’ resolution at the end of its World Congress held in Ekiti State in January, saying it was resolved at the event that there should be regular support from Yoruba sons and daughters based abroad whenever there was need for such.
According to him, financial intervention has become urgent having taken into consideration the gradual spread, and the increase in the numbers of people that have contacted the disease in Nigeria and the South-West states in particular.
OPU Publicity Secretary, Zacheaus Somorin, while explaining further on the future intervention of union when the need arises, stated that, having spread across the world in terms of quality membership, it was expected that Yoruba sons and daughters in diaspora would always rise to the occasion.