The Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu (JOK) has dismissed insinuations from some quarters that Abia State has received financial and material assistance from the Federal Government, and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
Kalu said that, apart from donation of essential items and monies by good-spirited individuals and organisations to the State, everything distributed by the state has come from the state coffers.
He also explained that a new isolation center being built in Ogbor Hill, Aba was not an NCDC project, but 100% sponsored by the state government.
These were contained in a Press Statement signed by the Commissioner, and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited.
His words “All the palliative food distribution done in Abia State as well as the construction of new isolation centers are projects of Abia State Government led by Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.
“Please ignore the sponsored lies and propaganda from those who live by propaganda.
“Our state has also not received any money from the social investment fund as we are among the four states yet to benefit.
“It is also not true that NCDC is constructing the new isolation center in Ogbor Hill, Aba. That project is 100% funded by Abia State Government and we hope to hand over the facility to Abia State University Teaching Hospital afterwards. No single living Abian is contributing one kobo to the construction and equipping of the new isolation center. It is the same for the others previously readied by the administration.
“Abia State Government led by Dr Okezie Ikpeazu is investing all the resources required in preparing our isolation centers, provision of PPEs, ventilators etc for the safety and protection of our people against coronavirus.
“No single grain of rice or any other food stuff has been received by the state from the federal government as rumored by same propagandists. Abia State Government procured the rice and other foodstuff distributed to the needy through the churches and added the 850 bags of rice donated by Prof Greg Ibe. So far, we have procured more than 8,000 bags of 50kg rice and other items such as beans, yam, face masks, hand sanitizers etc. We have also distributed the 2,000 cartons of Indomie donated by our brother Chrisnak.
“Distribution of palliatives to our people will continue today and run throughout the lockdown period. Aside from Churches, we are also distributing through the state’s geriatric services agency, traditional rulers and presidents general of communities in our state”, Kalu stated.