By Prosper Ogamde
The Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Umahi on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 disbursed Covid-19 palliatives worth millions of naira to be shared in all the tertiary institutions in Ebonyi state.
According to the Governor, the students are the last to receive their palliatives because they were not in session when the palliatives were earlier distributed.
The distribution of the items took place at the International Conference Center (ICC) with all the SUG presidents representing various institutions within the state including, Ebonyi state university (EBSU), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI), Federal college of Agriculture ishiagu, Akanu Ibiam federal polytechnic Uwana, School of health Ngbo, School of midwifery were all present to receive the palliative for their various institutions
The distributed items include bags of 10kg rice, bags of 20kg rice, cartons of tin tomatoes, gallons of oil, cartons of noodles, bags of salt and other items.
Speaking, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) led by Comrade Olisa Alfred Nwuruku commended the patience of Ebonyi state students, the synergy supplied by the SUG Presidents and the magnanimity of the state governor. He assured the Ebonyi state students of their unflinching effort to ensure that their interest are well served.
The NANS Ebonyi state axis also commended Gov. Umahi for accommodating the students in the palliative distribution.
Stating that, “Today, the governor peeled off this unfounded assumption and consequently unveiled his bulky surprises, manifest thoughtfulness and how keen he reserved the rights and privileges of Ebonyi state students whom as a result of the prolonged national ASUU strike, desserted their common circle for their individual abode making a conceivable assemblage sheer impossible, hence keeping the apportioned palliative material for Ebonyi state students, pending the termination of the lingered halt, a defilement of which was due to the termination of this cessation, and partly due to the social unrest that suddenly besiege the state, threatening the security of both lives and property and grossly showing a believable indication of the risked security of these valued materials,”
“This having been said, may we acknowledge that this uncommon beneficences with the following avertments.”
“That following the resumption of our schools and academic activities, the benefit of our long awaited palliative materials which every Ebonyians received in exception of the students became quite imperative, in view of the deadening nature of things that welcomed the resumption of our students on campus.”
“That the materials were received from the state government on behalf of Ebonyi state students Community, by the special assistant to the governor on students affair, Hon. Gideon ifeanyi Onwe and the Ebonyi state representative Of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), comrade Olisa Alfred Nwuruku who immediately supervised their distributions to all the tertiary institution residents in the state, through their respective union government presidents, who verifiably lifted the materials to their various schools for distributions.”
“The materials were received in edible state, certified consumable and healthful.”
“And that in line with the governors directive, the date for the quoted final distribution shall be fixed by the SUG presidents and shall be supervised by the students affairs unit of the state
The SUG President, AE-FUNAI, Okorie Obinna Ugo during an interview with The Voice confirmed that the palliative was equitably distributed.
Okorie commended the effort of the Governor and promised to be transparent in sharing the palliative. He therefore stated that he will sit with his constituted members to discuss on the convenient time to share the palliative so as to ensure that every student is a beneficiary.
Receiving the items, South-East and South-South NANS, Director of Special Duties, zone B, Comrade Nwuruku Olisa Alfred, who came with the President EBSU Students Union government and officials commended the governor for releasing the palliatives to the students who are also vulnerables in the society.
He said they will keep the palliatives until when the students return back to school for proper distribution.