People with disabilities (PWD), in Enugu State, have described the state governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as God-sent and a special gift to the state, especially the vulnerable and needy.
They made the remarks while sharing relief packages made available to them by the governor to cushion the effects of hardships occasioned by the COVID- 19 pandemic and the government’ lockdown order.
The items include bags of Coal City rice brand, maize and millet; cartons of noddle, assorted beverage drinks, tomato paste, seasonings and bottles of water, among others.
The PWDs noted that Ugwuanyi had, through the stimulus package, demonstrated his immeasurable love for the less-privileged, adding that the governor had always remembered PWD both in and out of season.
Special Adviser to the governor on Education, Dr Kingsley Udeh, who doubles as the State Focal Person for Open Government Partnership (OGP), monitored the distribution of the items across the state.
Addressing beneficiaries at Udenu Local Government Area (LGA) headquarters, during the flag-off of the exercise, Udeh said that Ugwuanyi had instructed that the items “be distributed directly to the beneficiaries,” emphasizing that nobody would be allowed to receive any item by proxy.
While enumerating other clusters to include Oji River, Agbani, Udi, Awgu and Enugu City, among others, he said that the Udenu centre would cover Udenu and Igbo-Eze North clusters.
In his words “his Excellency has provided relief materials for distribution, specifically, to people with disability across the state.
“We targeted PWD, for this special exercise, because they are the most vulnerable in the prevailing emergency situation, which is the lockdown over the Coronavirus pandemic. “Many of these people survive by daily charity they receive from spirited individuals and they have now been constrained to stay at home.
He further explained that “as a concerned governor and in his usual compassion for his people, Ugwuanyi has given you relief materials and delegated me to supervise and ensure that they are judiciously shared among the real target recipients across the state”.
The SPA noted that although several millions of naira had been spent for the outreach, the greatest investment to the scheme was love.
“Love is the greatest investment to this. It is compassion, emotional sensitivity and good governance, courtesy of the people’s governor, to cushion the effects of hardship on his people,” he said.
The immediate-past Transition Chairman (TC) of Udenu LGA, Onyekachi Ugwu, who was on hand to receive the governor’s SPA and his team, appreciated Ugwuanyi for remembering the less-privileged, in his usual manner, at this Easter and during the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic lockdown.
“Our prayer is that God should continue to increase the governor in every measure – his political life and personal life; and give him long life, holistic prosperity and divine protection always,” he said.
On his part, PWD’s representative in the state’s OGP Steering Committee, Comrade Samuel Obiefuna, praised the governor for his show of love, pointing out that Ugwuanyi had always given them a sense of belonging.
“Since he assumed office, Ugwuanyi has never ceased to remember us, both in and out of season.“I have always said it, and I want to reiterate, that there are only two governors in the South-East – Governor Ugwuanyi and others. He is a man with unequaled compassion for the less-privileged,” he noted.