Elderly Citizens in Akwa Ibom State, under the auspices of Akwa Ibom Elderly Citizens Assembly, (AKECA) have expressed deep appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for the palliatives provided them to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was contained in a Release issued by the Assembly and made available to newsmen on Friday, May 1, 2020.
The Release which is jointly signed by the National President of the Organization, Obong Ememobong Essien; National Secretary, Dr. Gabriel Ukott and the Director of Communications, Deaconess Christy Obot, commends Governor Udom Emmanuel for making the provision timely and sufficient to ameliorate the feeding problems of Akwa Ibom people in the face of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
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Describing the Governor as a son who cares about his parents, the Elderly Citizens Assembly (AKECA) thanked God for giving the state a visionary and pragmatic leader whose foresight had prepared the State for a time like this, especially in the area of Agriculture, which they noted has sustained the people with available and affordable food stuff during this lockdown.
The Elderly Citizens Assembly also commended the Governor for not abandoning key projects of his predecessors such as the Ibom Specialty Hospital which is now the key centre for COVID-19 cases in the State, among many other government infrastructures that are of great benefit to the people.
They further expressed appreciation to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, Life Patron of AKECA, for extending palliatives to members of the Assembly and prayed for good health and strength upon him and the Governor.
While intimating on the efficient distribution of the palliatives among members, the Assembly reiterated that the gesture will maximally impact members between 60-120 years of age, while calling on members to abide by government directives in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in order to stay alive and as well as attend the monthly general meeting as soon as the lockdown is suspended.