The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has enjoined T.C Chairmen of the 17 local govt areas in the state to be transparent in the distribution of palliatives given by govt to cushion the effect of hardship brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic to their people.
Dr. Ikpeazu who gave the injunction while handing over food items and personal protective items to the T.C Chairmen of 6 local Govt Areas in the state at the office of the wife of the Governor, Govt House, Umuahia as part of the ongoing Govt palliatives to communities in the local Govt Areas, said the gesture are geared towards alleviating the plight of the vulnerable groups and ensure that Abians do not die of hunger during this precarious moment.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu appealed to the Transition Committee Chairmen to ensure that they engage and carry along the Traditional Rulers, Civil Societies, President Generals, Women Organizations , NUJ and other Stakeholders in their various council areas to ensure transparency and accountability and warned that Govt will not tolerate anyone playing politics with the distribution of the palliatives.
He advised Abians to continue to abide by the rules and dictates of the experts, NCDC and Govt aimed at preventing the Corona Virus by observing basic hygienic practice of washing their hands with soap, applying sanitizers, wearing of face Masks among others and prayed that Abians will survive and tell the story of this trying period of the Corona Virus Pandemic.
Dr. Ikpeazu who used the forum to call for support from well meaning Abians to complement Government’s efforts, appreciated all the Health Workers ,front liners, state Inter ministerial Committee for the wonderful job they are doing and prayed for speedy recovery of the index cases so far recorded in the state.
Also Speaking the SSG and Chairman Abia State Inter Ministerial Committee, Mr. Chris Ezem noted that the state Governor is doing everything possible to keep Abia safe in this period of pandemic and urged Abia residents to be guided in their movements as any one flauting the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu would be tried by the state Mobile Court.
Responding, the T.C Chairmen of Ukwa West LGA, Chief Sylvanus Nwaji and his Ikwuano Counterpart, Chief Stanley Ojigbo thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his proactive measures in combating the Covid- 19 pandemic and assured that they will apply full transparency in the distribution of the items across party lines as well as ensure that people at their local Govt areas comply with Govt’s directives on the lockdown and safety measures.
The six local government areas of Ukwa west, Ugwunagbo, Ikwuano, Ohafia, Isiala Ngwa North and Umunneochi were presented with 100 bags of 50kg Rice, 3 bags of Beans , 1,400 face Masks,12 Cartons of hand sanitizers and 80 Cartons of Indomie respectively.