Akwa Ibom State Government, on Thursday, flagged-off distribution of the second round of various food items worth to more than 3,000 villages, to cushion the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Performing the official handing over of the items, 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.
The over 5,696 items donated by the Akwa Ibom State Government to the 76 villages of Uyo LGA through their village heads and other representatives, at the Uyo Traditional Rulers Council Hall, according to Sir Udoh, would further be shared through the village heads on 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 a 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 pastas, 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.