Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set an example of humanity by standing beside the vulnerable people amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set an example standing by the humanity in danger. After 1975, no head of the government or political leader set such an instance,” he told a function through videoconferencing from his official residence this morning.The AL’s Relief and Social Welfare Sub-Committee arranged the function at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue aiming at supplying oxygen cylinders to various hospitals across the country and distributing food aid to the helpless and poor people.
Hinting at BNP, Quader said the party has no work without criticising the government and even it failed to set an example by standing beside people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, the AL leaders and workers have stood by the helpless people across the country.
“But a quarter is giving only lip service sitting in Dhaka…even they have been instigating violence during this coronavirus crisis,” he said.
Stressing the need for carrying out countrywide awareness campaigns on COVID-19, the AL general secretary said many people are moving from one place to another amid the lockdown, while 26 people lost their lives in waterway accident in the Padma River.
Terming it a sorrowful incident, he said one can deceive the government but death cannot be deceived at all.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, asked the homebound people not to take risk in going home ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“What is the value of a festival if you lose your life in going home? If you survive, you will be able to do a lot of fun in the future. Everyone should remember that life is the first and then livelihood,” he added.
AL presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury and Abdur Rahman, its organising secretary Advocate Afzal Hossain, relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, health affairs secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, education affairs secretary Samsunnahar Champa, and Dhaka South City AL general secretary Md Humayun Kabir and its vice-president Advocate Nurul Amin Ruhul, MP, were present, among others.