COVID-19 Palliatives: Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Enugu State Government donate to Churches in Enugu State

In a bid to cushion the effect of COVID-19 Pandemic in Enugu State, the Enugu State Government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Tertiary Education Trust(TET) Fund have donated some items to four major church groups in Enugu State, for onward distribution to their vulnerable and poor members.

This was disclosed yesterday by the State Ministry of information in their social handle.

The State Ministry noted that the palliatives were assorted food items and the benefiting church groups were the Catholic Dioceses of Enugu, Nsukka and Awgu, the Anglican counterparts of Enugu and Nsukka Communions, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the Internal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphin, while the State Governor was represented by the Deputy Governor, Lolo Cecelia Ezeilo,  who decleared the purpose of the palliatives and presented the items to the Church Women.
The food items presented  include rice, oil, tomato paste, semovita and indomie, among others. 
Presenting the items on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Chairman of the Enugu State Emergency/Palliatives Committee and Deputy Governor of the State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, said that the relief materials were to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) lockdown on the people of the state, especially the lowly, vulnerable groups and the poorest of the poor.
According to the State Ministry, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Ezeilo, pointed out that the state government is not unmindful of the untold hardship the people of the state are passing through as a result of the lockdown,stressing that the food items will go a long way to mitigate their plight and enable them stay safe. The Emergency/Palliatives Committee has also distributed part of the food items to security agencies in the state.
His Excellency, our dear Governor is passionate and concerned about the safety, health and wellbeing of the people of this state. Since this COVID-19 lockdown started, he has ensured that the spread of the disease is contained and that the people, most especially, the vulnerable groups, the poorest of the poor in our society are assisted with food items and other palliatives.
Today, we are distributing these food items to poor and vulnerable members in our churches through their women associations to cushion the effects of this pandemic in their lives”.
The State Ministry further disclosed that the church women were engulfed by unmatched ecstasy over the benevolence of the Government to the vulnerables in the communities as the battle against COVID-19 continues amidst lockdown and stay at home order.

In their separate responses, the National President of Catholic Women Organization, Mrs. Nwanneka Okolo, the Wife of Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Mrs. Joyce Chukwuma, the representative of the PFN, Rev. Mrs. Ndidi Egbo and that of the Cherubim and Seraphim, Apostle Kingsley Nwachukwu, thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration and the federal agencies for their benevolence and promised to deliver the items to the targeted people in their various churches.

The State Ministry of information noted that the occasion was graced by the presence of well meaning personalities in Enugu State who witnessed the delivery of the items to the church Women.
Members of the committee at the event include the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, the Leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Sam Ngene and his Information counterpart, Hon. Jeff Mbah.
Also present were the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Rt. Hon. Princess Peace Nnaji, Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Matthew Idu, Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Adaonah Kene-Uyanwune, her Special Duties counterpart, Mrs. Mabel Agbo, Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Engr. Mike Ogbuekwe and the Executive Secretary of Enugu State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs. Nkechi Eneh, among others.

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