From Steve Oko, Umuahia
A group known as Abia North Integrity Group, ANIG, has commended the Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu -led government over what it called its “rapid response” towards curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic as well as cushioning the devastating effect of the on-going lock-down in the state.
The frontline political pressure group at the vanguard of power shift to Abia North come 2023 said Ikpeazu’s approach towards mitigating the plights of Abians following the lockdown was “apt and scientific”.
ANIG in a statement by its Spokesman, Chief Idika Idika Kalu-Agwu, said “Ikpeazu rose to the occasion as a seasoned administrator and technocrat”, describing the governor’s response as ” timely, measured, realistic and in tandem with global best practices during such a turbulent time”.
The group particularly lauded the governor for distributing cash and food stuff worth millions of Naira as palliative package to vulnerable Abians.
Recall that the government, last week flagged off the distribution of over 80,000 bags of rice, thousands of cartons of indommie noodle, yam among other items to religious organizations and residents of the state.
ANIG also hailed the efforts of the state government in setting up isolation centres in parts of the state as a proactive strategy to contain the spread of the pandemic in the state besides provision of hand sanitizers, Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, for medics, among other items.
According to the group, the governor brought his experience as a scientist to bear on the decisions he took to safeguard the lives of Abia residents by locking down the state.
It appealed to Abians to be patient with government over the temporary pains of the lockdown which it said were far better than the dangers of its outbreak in the state.
ANIG expressed delight that there was no index case of the pandemic yet in the state, attributing it to God’s mercy and the stringent but proactive measures taken by the governor.
The group further noted that the governor’s choice of churches and mosques as a channel of distributing food and money to the less privileged was a master-stroke aimed at ensuring that only the poorest of the poor got the paliatives.
ANIG also commended other public -spirited Abians as well as corporate entities who had made laudable donations in the fight against the scourge for their patriotism, while soliciting further support for the state.
“it is at a time like this that we know those who truly love our people. We must come together to protect the weak among us”, the statement said.
The Abia North group which advocates the retention of Abia Charter of Equity, however, commended personalities from the zone for topping the list of donors to the relief materials for vulnerable groups.
The group urged Abia residents to continue to strictly observe personal hygiene including social distancing as well as the necessary protocols to avoid contracting the dreaded disease.