To cushion the effect of the lockdown directive of the State government occasioned by the Corona Virus Pandemic, the Chairman of Ikono Local Government Council, Hon. Itoro Columba in partnership with the Member representing Ikono in the State Assembly, Hon. Asuquo Udo on Thursday, April 9, commenced the distribution of edible palliatives to indigent persons across the wards in Ikono.
Addressing the Council of Chiefs and a cross section of indigenes at the four wards visited (1, 2, 3 & 4), the Council Boss, Hon. Itoro Columba said the gesture was intended as support to cater for the needs of the poorest of the poor and ameliorate their plight during the lockdown. He expressed confidence in the capacity of the Village Heads to efficiently distribute the items while urging them to uphold transparency and integrity in the distribution process, which he said will be under the supervision of the Councillors.
He took time to educate the people on the preventive measures to combat the disease while assuring them of the State Government’s plans for a statewide roll out of palliatives in the coming days.
Corroborating the Council Boss’ message, the State Assembly Member, Hon. Asuquo Nana Udo stressed that in critical times such as this, there was an absolute need for public office holders to reach out to the people, hence his collaboration with the Chairman of Council in order to provide succour to the people.
They both advised the village councils to distribute the items across party lines as the difficult situation bordered on the lives and wellbeing of all irrespective of party affiliations.
In their responses, the Village Heads representing the wards visited, expressed their joy at the gesture of the two illustrious sons of the Local Government. They thanked the donors for their love and benevolence and prayed God to bless them abundantly. They promised to identify those in dire need and ensure the items were transparently distributed in order to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Food items presented for distribution included bags of rice, beans and cartons of Noddles.
At Ward 1, Eteidung Isong Obot Akpaquat, Village Head of Ndiya Etok was on hand to receive the delegation while Chief Okon Akpan Ekpo, Village Head of Mbio-oku Ikot odung received the delegation at Ward 2. Chief Eyo Etie and Eteidung Okon Udo Ekpo, Mbio-oku Ikot Abasi represented Ward 3 and 4 respectively.
The distribution of edible palliatives will take place on Friday, April 10, at Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.