The Ebonyi State Government on Saturday officially launched the distribution of palliatives to the ‘poorest’ of the poor and other vulnerable people in 10 out the 13 LGAs of the state.
Dr Kelechi Igwe, the State Deputy Governor, disclosed this in the ceremony for the distribution held at Amuzu community primary school in Ezza South LGA.
He stated that 200 indigent persons from each polling unit of the state were expected to benefit from the exercise.
Items distributed include: 5kg bags of rice, sachets of indomie noodles, groundnut oil, among other edibles.
Igwe said that the measure was to assist the beneficiaries in cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic which took everybody unawares.
The deputy governor said that the government inaugurated stakeholders’ committees across the LGAs of the state to coordinate and supervise the exercise.
He charged the caretaker chairmen of various LGAs to ensure equitable distribution of the items as the government would hold them responsible for any reported case of malpractice.
Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to the State Government, said that while the deputy governor led the monitoring team to the central senatorial zone, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly led the team to the north while the Commissioner for LGA affairs led the team to the southern senatorial zone.
“We know it is not easy to handle the affairs of men but we are happy with the conduct of the people, the security agencies among other stakeholders.
“We have taken steps to mitigate every challenge that might arise from the palliatives distribution especially issues concerning hoodlums planning to cart the items from the beneficiaries,” he said.
He debunked the insinuation that some stakeholders planned to divert the items for campaigns during the forthcoming council polls, stating that stakeholders from all the areas would be held responsible for anomalies in the distribution exercise.
Mrs Euphemia Nwali, Caretaker Chairman of Ezza South LGA, said that the exercise was orderly and assured that it would be concluded on time in the area.