Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the commencement of distribution of cash and food/relief materials as palliatives to vulnerable persons in Abia State in the face of the lockdown necessitated by the focused effort to prevent and contain the coronavirus in the state.
In this phase of the distribution, cash, protective materials and food items are to be delivered to churches and mosques in the state through their representatives according to the schedule adopted by the COVID-19 Committee in the days and time stated below.
Based on the foregoing, the designated representatives of the following Churches and Mosque are to come to the Government House food store located within the Office of the Wife of the Governor, with vehicles to collect the food and other palliative items for immediate distribution to their identified widows, indigents and vulnerable members:
1. Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
a. Catholic Church
b. Methodist Church
c. The Apostolic Church
d. Assemblies of God Church
e. Christ Embassy
f. Dunamis Church
g. Umuahia Central Mosque
2. Wednesday, April 8, 2020
a. Anglican Church
b. Seventh Day Adventist Church
c. ACC Mission
d. The Lord’s Chosen
e. Qua Iboe Church
f. Living Faith Ministries aka Winners
3. Thursday, April 9, 2020
a. Presbyterian Church
b. Salvation Ministries
c. Redeemed Christian Church of God
d. Deeper Life Bible Church
e. Peculiar Ministries
f. Celestial Church of Christ
4. Friday, April 10, 2020
a. Church of God Mission
b. Holy Sabbath Mission
e. Dominion City Church
f. Cherubim and Seraphim
Each Church will receive the following items: bags of rice, bags of beans, bags of garri, tubers of yam, hand sanitizers, face masks and cash to take care of vulnerable persons among their members. The designated representatives have already been contacted.
Also, the state geriatric services agency will immediately commence visits to senior citizens who are above 70 years to deliver food, drugs, face masks and hand sanitizers on behalf of the government.
Further delivery schedules will be announced in due course for other churches and community groups. There will also be a mop up exercise of the distributions to include those who might have missed out in the initial phases of the deliveries. Such people will be reached through the traditional rulers, community president generals and ward leaders.
We remain confident that distributing these relief materials through our fathers in the faith, Abia widows, orphans, indigents and other vulnerable persons will be reached through a structured and effective process that will not compromise the already established protocols in the efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State