Last Wednesday, the Pan-Okun Relief Response To COVID-19 initiative was launched by Political opponent to tackle the social and health challenges posed by the dreaded virus to the Yoruba-speaking people of the state. Also known as the Okun people, And this is what is playing out among opposing political leanings in Kogi State. it brought together all shades of political divides under one umbrella.
The objective is to save lives through generate funds for the purpose of buying drugs and important materials for distribution to the vulnerable in the region. A source in the secretariat said the initiative was tinkering with the possibility of moving beyond distribution of food items to identify health care facilities available in the area, which may be equipped with test kits and ventilators, to support government’s efforts.
Dubbed “Covid-19 Pandemic Okun People Relief Response Initiative”, with an Elders Advisory Council as the apex body, the coalition would bring together under a steering committee and sub-committees political bigwigs who have not been on the same page either through belonging to opposing parties or are presently in court over disputes arising from the conduct of the 2019 general elections.