By Divine Sam
In its quest to cushion the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Akwa Ibom State Government has commenced the second round of the distribution of various food items worth millions of Naira to more than 3,000 villages in the state.
Flagging off the distribution of the palliatives to villages in Uyo Local Government Area, the state Commissioner for Information and Chairman, Uyo LGA Palliative Sharing Committee, Sir Charles Udoh, hinted that the gesture was in line with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s commitment to continue to ameliorate the excruciating hardship faced by the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable citizens in villages across the state.
Sir. Udoh who performed the official handing over of the 5,696 items donated by the Akwa Ibom State Government to the 76 villages of Uyo LGA through their village heads and other representatives today at the Uyo Traditional Rulers Council Hall, said that the items would further be shared through the village heads on a village-by-village basis.
This, he said would ensure that the items trickled down to the targeted beneficiaries as identified by the various community leaders.
The Information Commissioner emphasized that the food items, which included Garri, Rice, and Flour are all locally sourced within the state.
He added that the Governor’s foresight in setting up the Kings Flour Mill, the Ibom Agricon Rice Mill, and the Garri Processing Factories in different parts of the state has become a major source of self-reliance in stable food production.
Speaking on behalf of other traditional rulers, the Paramount ruler of Uyo, HRM Edidem Silvanus Okon, expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for the kind gesture and described it as a show of love and magnanimity to the people of Akwa Ibom State, especially to the Uyo people who had on several occasions demonstrated their unalloyed loyalty and support to his administration.
Similarly, Women and Youth leaders were also full of thanks to the governor and his dear wife, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel for the timely provision of the palliative items and for also remembering them even in the face of global health and economic challenges. They also pledged their continued support for Governor Emmanuel, in order for him to achieve more developmental feats in Uyo LGA and across the state in general.
Other food items distributed to the villages included bags of salt, cartons of noodles, cartons of pasta, gallons of palm oil, Sugar, among many other items.
The palliative distribution concurrently took place in all the LGAs of the state through the Palliative Sharing Committees that were previously set up to handle the first round of distribution.
By Divine Sam