… 72,400 bags of rice shared
ANAMBRA State government has distributed 72,400 bags of rice to youths as part of its palliatives to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner for Local and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Greg Obi presented the items to youth leaders in all the 179 communities on behalf of Gov. Willie Obiano at Aguleri in Anambra East LGA on Saturday.
According to him, the intervention was a further demonstration that the present administration is very responsive to needs of the people, stressing that the criteria stipulate that the rice should go to the needy and vulnerable youths of the communities, noting that each household should not receive more than one bag of rice.
Chief Obi who noted that when added together, palliatives to the elderly and youths which amounts to over four hundred million naira would have gotten to fifty percent households in the State, adding that the lists of beneficiaries must be vetted by Traditional rulers, Presidents-General and Woman Leaders of the various communities.
He adjudged the last distribution to the elderly as peaceful and assured that PMMO is also on ground to monitor compliance.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy, Afam Mbanefo, while applauding the move, pointed out that it will be impactful, adding that it shows the youth that government is close to them, irrespective of religious, political affiliation or stratification.
Speaking on behalf of youth bodies in the state, the National President of ASATU Youth Wing, Patrick Ayamba noted that it shows that the youth are an important part in the scheme of things in Anambra state, promising to ensure that the items get to people that deserve it.
State Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Egwuatu., President General of ASATU in the State, Chief Alex Onukwue, among others were present as the distribution ceremony.
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