The Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpohor constituency, Hon. Alex Agyekum, on Easter Sunday, put smiles on the faces of over 1,000 people with various degrees of vulnerabilities, by providing to each of them, a sumptuous hot meal and some sanitary items to enable them stay healthy in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The lawmaker, accompanied by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the constituency, moved from door to door and distributed the food (Jollof with chicken and soft drink and water) and sanitary items (liquid soap and hand sanitizers) mostly to the blind, aged, bedridden, the physically challenged and the sick in the deprived communities in the constituency.
He spent some quality time to interact with each beneficiary by educating him or her on simple hygienic measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is not the first time the Mpohor lawmaker has attended to the poor in the deprived communities in his constituency.
Each festive occasion, especially, during Christmas and Easter holidays, Hon. Agyekum, always rises to the occasion, by providing to the poor some provisions to keep the body and soul together.
He told journalists in an interview moments after reaching out to the poor that he has always been inspired by God to attend to the needy whenever he can.
“In times like this never forget the destitute, the blind, aged and physically challenged who depend on the benevolence of friends and family members whose daily struggles and hustle feed them. But COVID-19 has curtailed this kind gesture because of restriction on movement and marketing. These deprived suffer abandonment, especially, those who are childless. I, as their representative, have been attending to such people by offering them the needed support”, he noted.
He drew the attention of the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Hon. Ignatius Asaah Mensah, to ensure that the vulnerable in the deprived communities are the ones to benefit from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) policy and not the able bodied individuals.
Hon. Agyekum also appealed to the privileged in the community to always remember such people everyday and not to throw away their excess food during this pandemic period, noting that “a friend in need is a friend in deed. This mantra must be practicalized”.