Abia Government has promised that donations from well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies toward COVID-19 containment in the state will be judiciously and transparently utilized.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem, made the promise on Wednesday in Umuahia, when he received a donation to the COVID-19 support fund from Chrisnak Friends’ Club, a foundation owned by an Abia-born and Lagos-based philanthropist, Chief Chief Chris Igwe.
Ezem conveyed government’s appreciation to Igwe and Nigerians, who had lent their support to the state government’s efforts toward the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus in Abia.
He said: “We are passing through trying times, not only Abia but Nigeria and the entire world.
“Abia government is not resting on its oars and I am happy that the state has not recorded any case.
“The state government has been on its toes to put the necessary measures in place to be able to respond to any case that might possibly arise.
The SSG thanked Igwe for his kind and “thoughtful idea” to support, saying that the gesture would remain indelible in the annals of the state.
“I want to assure you all that every kobo and support toward COVID-19 will be judiciously utilised to provide palliatives to our people in the villages and communities,” he said.
He expressed sympathy with Abia residents for the pain, difficulties and hardship they were passing through as a result of the current lockdown.
He assured them that the measure would be reviewed after its first week but encouraged them to continue to comply with the advice of health experts on how to prevent the scourge.
Earlier, the donor, who was represented by Mr Okey Igwe, representing Umunneochi State Constituency in the House of Assembly, thanked the governor for initiating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Abia.
“You have shown profound commitment to the wellbeing of Abians, and for this I am immensely grateful.
“We are presently living in perilous times due to the marauding Coronavirus, which has adversely affected the world, leaving governments to beg for help and hoping for miracles.
“It is, therefore, imperative on true citizens to rally round their governments at this moment of need for the general welfare of the citizenry.
Igwe announced a donation of N5 million cash to the state, in addition to 2000 cartons of Indomie Noodles to be distributed to the underprivileged as well as other Personal Preventive Equipment.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu