Lockdown: Akwa Ibom govt distributes palliatives to 31 local government areas
- 31 local government areas have taken delivery of trucks of food items sent by Governor Udom Emmanuel in Akwa Ibom state
- Governor Emmanuel had recently assured Akwa Ibomites that his government was going to provide food items during the lockdown
- A committee on the disbursement of the food items had already been constituted by the state government to ensure accountability
Akwa Ibom people from across the 31 local government areas have taken delivery of trucks of food items sent by Governor Udom Emmanuel to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
Governor Emmanuel recently assured Akwa Ibomites that his government was going to provide food items to the vulnerable across the state.
“As a government, we owe our people a duty to ensure that all food needs are cultivated and processed within the state, any good government should be able to ensure the availability of the basic food items consumed by its people,” Governor Emmanuel had said.
Secretary to the State Government Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem had announced the local government committees for the disbursement of the food items.
Ekuwem told the journalists that all the incentives provided to the people would have been practically impossible in the face of the current lockdown across the country if the governor had not built industries like the flour, rice and garri processing factories in Akwa Ibom.
He also revealed that the state had not received any item from the federal government, stressing that all the food items were provided by the state government.
Legit.ng gathered that a committee on the disbursement of the food items had already been constituted by the state government to ensure accountability.
The committee comprises of local government chairmen, House of Assembly members, traditional rulers, youth and women leaders, some members of the State Executive Council, representatives of other political parties, representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria, among others.
Already, the truckloads of food items are arriving different localities across the state to the delight of the beneficiaries.
Government officials are in different local government areas distributing the palliatives devoid of political affiliation.
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Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently applauded Akwa Ibomites for their understanding and solidarity shown his administration since the battle against the spread of the COVID-19 began.
The governor stated this in his statewide broadcast to commemorate the 2020 Easter celebration in the state.
He also thanked the people for their cooperation in the determined fight to rid the state of the plague.
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