The Ebonyi chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday in Abakaliki distributed palliatives to hundreds of indigent and vulnerable persons in Ebonyi.
Chief Eze Nwachukwu, APC state chairman who led other leaders of the party in the exercise said that the items were given to the poorest of the poor in the state cushion the economic hardship imposed by the lockdown.
According to him, the palliatives which include; thousands of 5 kilogramme bags of rice, tubers of yams, face masks and hand sanitizers were distributed during the exercise.
Ebonyi APC Chairman, Nwachukwu in blue attire addressing artisans before distribution of palliative items in Abakaliki
The party chairman said this while visiting the Leprosy and Tubuclosis Colony at Mile 4, Motherless Babies Home, Nsugbe Street, Old/Physically Challenged People’s Home, Destitutes Centre opposite St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Ogoja road among others all in Abakaliki.
Nwachukwu, while addressing newsmen at the end of the exercise said that the materials were donated by Chief Edward Nkwagu, a chieftain of APC and philanthropist.
He said that the party was the first political party in the state to distribute relief materials to the sick, poor people and the down-trodden in society.
He expressed confidence that items would ease the hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on the beneficiaries.
“What happened in the party today is the first of its kind in the state because this is the first time an individual party member sponsored the party to distribute relief materials to people since the inception of the novel Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
“Though, others may have reached out to the party faithful one way or the other which is commendable, but we appreciate Nkwagu for his benevolence in making provisions for a wider range of the needy persons in the state.
“This palliative given through the party was extended to the most valuables; the less privileged, the sick, destitutes, artisans and this for us is seen as the best so far.
“We thank God for our benefactor and pray for God’s guidance; we want to say that with this, the APC family has set the pace,we have become the first to reach the unreached.
“We distributed thousands of 5 kilogrammes bags of rice, hand sanitizers, face masks, tubers of yams as part of the party’s contributions to assist this special population to ease off the social and economic hardship occasioned by the pandemic.
“We pray and believe that the pandemic will soon become a thing of the past so that social and economic activities to return to normalcy,” Nwachukwu said.
The party frowned at the alleged inability of the state government to distribute the palliative items donated to the state government by federal government to the vulnerable and indigent members of the state.