The governor of Ebonyi State Chief David Umahi on Tuesday has approved another sum of one billion naria (N1 billion) as a palliative to cushion the effects of Coronavirus pandemic on the people of the state.
Umahi made this known to journalists in Abakaliki, through the commissioner for information and state orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji and Special Adviser on Religious matter, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, shortly after exco- meeting that took place at the exco-chambers, government house Abakaliki.
The approval of the said one billion naria by the governor, came barely after one week he earlier approved Two hundred million naria (N200 million) to fight the scourge in the state.
Recall that, since the eruption of this corona virus pandemic in Nigeria, Ebonyi has not recorded any case of COVID-19, even though the state is one of the lucky states in the south east region to have a testing machine for the virus.
Ebonyi, according to investigation is adjudged to be one of the advantageous States in Nigeria that has not been ravaged by Corona virus pandemic but has recorded a partial lockdown resulting to sufferings and hardships among the people in the state.
Ebonyi News Network gathered that the governor is unaware of the increasing hardships and hunger ravaging the people and had decided to approve another whooping sum of one billion naria apart from the earlier approved two hundred million Maria.
Umahi noted that the said One billion naria will be used to purchase 400,000 sachet bag of Rice to be distributed to Ebonyians in the thirteen local government areas of the state.
According to him: “COVID-19 has created a lot of issues; the spread of hardships and economic challenges across the nation. The Governor has pro-actively approved one billion naria as a palliative to the people of Ebonyi state.
“This N1 billion will enable us procure 400,000 number of 5kg rice and distributed to the people of the state” he said.
On his part, Rev.Fr Nwali announced the lifting of ban placed on religious leaders from conducting Church services.
Nwali noted that all Sunday services
should be conducted between 8:00am to 12:00 noon.
“All worshippers must ensure compliance to the use of face masks inside and outside the Church, and as well maintain reasonable distance, must comply to hand washing and use of handsanitizers.
“Every Church Service must begin by 8am and must concluded by 12noon, every Sunday.
“Do not stay beyond 12noon and ensure the observance multiple services to avoid overcrowding, for large congratulations,” he stated.