WIFE of Anambra Governor, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano has called on parents, guardians, and caregivers to support government’s effort at containing the spread of coronavirus pandemic among children in schools.
Obiano, made the call while speaking during her routine tour of the 21 local government areas at Aguata LG FielHeadquarters Ekwulobia.
She said: “it is not enough to say coronavirus is not my portion without adhering to its precautionary measures.
“It is better to say coronavirus is not my portion and support the faith with work by adhering to all the preventive protocols. Do not join the group that say coronavirus is gone. People are still testing positive to the pandemic.
“It is deadly. So, you do not need to test it to believe its existence. The ball is in our court as parents, guardians and caregivers,” she noted.
“Government is distributing face masks through local government authorities. Even if it does not get to you; do yourself a favour of making sure that all your children have their face masks. Make sure it is washed and ready for use as they come back from school every day.
“Inculcate into your children the habit of using these face masks, washing their hands under running water with soap regularly. Avoid too much body contact. Stay away from fellow pupils or students by giving them distances of two metres away,” she advised.
The governor’s wife said that her non governmental organisation, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) was registered in the U.S. “It has obtained tax exemptions, as such, shall attract more donors.
“We will not stop assisting the less privileged, even when we are out of office,” she said, pleading with “the affluent in the society to live for others”.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Lady Ndidi Mezue, noted with regret the absence of Ekwulobia community, occasioned by women leadership tussle in the community.
The commissioner said: “I wonder why the plea of the wife of the governor to Ekwulobia women to go back home and resolve the issue since last year is yet to yield the desired result.
“Women are not known for protracted troubles. When men are doing it, women are expected to advise them to `sheath the swords’.
She urged the Ekwulobia women not to allow their dispute to deny them benefits from government of the day again.
Member, state House of Assembly, representing Aguata 1 Constituency, Dr Carter Umeh, presented shoes made through his skills acquisition programme at Umuchu, to the wife of the governor during the occasion.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion include Chief Chukwuma Umeoji, Aguata Federal House of Representatives, Commissioners, for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala and that of Public Utilities, Mr Emeka Ezenwanne.
Others are Dr Okechukwu Okoye, Member representing Aguata 2 Constituency, transition committee chairman Aguata Local Government Area, Mr Eche Ezeibe and his wife, Mrs Enuma Ezeibe and some traditional rulers.
The occasion climaxed during the distribution of bags of rice, school bags, exercise books, envelopes containing undisclosed amounts to the elderly, indigent children and persons with disabilities (PWDs).