Radio Nigeria Names Chief Maurice Emeka Akueme Preeminent Covid-19 Hero
By Emmanuel Terna Gyado
The health impacts of COVID-19 did not spare Nigeria. The country recorded its first case of COVID-19 on February 27, 2020, and has subsequently suffered three distinct waves of infection, peaking in June 2020, January 2021, and August 2021.
Health and safety measures – including inter-state and international travel bans, restrictions on mass gatherings, and school closures – had waxed and waned with case numbers, as the federal government had sought to contain the spread of the virus.
Nevertheless, many of the primary effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Nigeria had been economic, rather than health related, especially for food items that were crucial for consumption among the poor and vulnerable.
Just like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which research found to be the biggest private foundation in the world; the Maurice Akueme Foundation (MAF) joined the league of givers without size or season.
The palliatives were not government provided palliatives but an individual effort in a bid to compliment the hard work and all inclusive, grand governance style of the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
All this gestures of kindness and generosity never went unnoticed.
Today Chief Maurice Emeka Akueme is declared and awarded Preeminent Covid-19 Hero by the very revered Radio Nigeria.
My heart is filled with joy and I ask once again?
Who’s chief Maurice Emeka Akueme?
And I was told he’s a selfless philanthropist who has found joy in reaching out to the less privileged at their time of need and hopelessness to bring back their joy and happiness.