Honourable commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Chief Ekpe Ogbu has distributed COVID-19 palliative items to beneficiaries across the ten council wards of Ado Local Government area.
Chief Ekpe, during the distribution exercise on Saturday September 5, 2020 at the Secretariat of Ado Local Government Headquarters in Igumale, said that the relief materials were his personal contribution to cushion the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic having received the full blessings and support of His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom to that effect.
All ten Council wards of Ado are beneficiaries of the magnanimity of Chief Ekpe Ogbu and they include: Apa, Apkoge-Ogbilolo, Ulayi, Ekile, Ijigban, Igumela 1, Igumela 2, Ogege, Ukwonyo and Royongo, respectively. The postive gesture by honourable commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Chief Ekpe Ogbu, was aimed at providing relief to his people who are suffering from the ravaging effect of Covid-19 and its attendant setbacks. The palliative items distributed includes bags of rice, cartons of instant Noodles, Life Care, automatic blood pressure monitor, infrared thermometers, disinfectants, hand washing buckets, cartons of Soap, hand sanitizers, face masks and cash.
The gesture, according to the honorable commissioner, is aimed at providing succor to the people in the face of hardship caused by the Corona virus pandemic. In his words he said, "Since February 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Nigeria and subsequently in Benue, there have been several efforts and interventions from the administration of Gov. Samuel Ortom towards combating the pandemic and alleviating the sufferings of the people, which has been occasioned by a nationwide lockdown. I have carefully studied the situation and found out that with lingering issue of Covid-19, our people are still in need and experiencing untold hardship. This is why, in addition to the laudable interventions and efforts of Governor Ortom, I have decided to support my people in my own little way. Unfortunately, as of today, Covid-19 has no established cure. Though Scientist around the world are still working very hard to develop a vaccine for it, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is by adhering strictly to instructions from Ministry of Health such as regular hand washing with soap under running water, wearing of face mask, maintaining social distance, sanitary practice among others".
Speaking on behalf of the ten wards of Ado, the executive chairman of Ado local government, Hon. Comr. James Oche, loudly appreciated the commissioner for housing and Urban development, Chief Ekpe Ogbu for prioritising the welfare of the people of Ado. According to him, Ado LGA have been entangled in a web of complex crises, from kidnapping to Covid-19 only in this year, which has threatened the physical and psychological well-being of Ado people. In his word the chairman said: "As we celebrate and appreciate the uncommon humanitarian gesture of the honourable commissioner for Housing and Urban Development Chief Ekpe Ogbu, we have to stay vigilant in order to sustained the peace we are currently enjoying in Ado and we also use this moment to call on other critical stakeholders and Politicians from Ado to assist the people now that they are in dire need of succour; not when election is close."
In his remark, the chairman of Ado traditional council (Ada'Ado) who was ably represented by the third class Chief, Chief Dr. Julius Iguve, expressed delight at the humanitarian gesture by the honourable commissioner, as he prayed for God to continue to elevate him.
The event was well attended by eminent Ado politicians and stakeholders amongst whom are: Ado Local Government Chairman: Hon James Oche, Special Advicer to the Governor: Mrs. Jane Edeh, Vice-chairman, Ado LGA: Hon. Solomon Aboh, Speaker Ado legislative Council: Hon. Emmanuel Ajagbo, member of Benue state house of assembly representing Ado constituency, Hon. Chief Mrs Agness Uloko, former Benue state house of assembly member representing Ado constituency: Hon. Engr. Anthony Ogbu, SSA to Governor on Media, Patriot Nelson Ogbu, third class Chief for Zone-B, Chief Julius Ade Iguve, Chief of Apa ward, Olong nwe Ufia, HRH Matthew Egede, District head of Ijigban, Chief Christopher Onumnuh, Ward head of Ukwonyo, Chief Nick Isah, Surpervisory councilors, Hon. Demain Ujoh, Hon.Paul Ageh and elected councilors.
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