…Materials Worth Millions of Naira
By Ruth Oginyi
Offia Orji community in Ndiegu Okpuitumo, Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has received succour materials worth thousands of naira in the State to enable them start life after losing their properties to communal war.
The community comprising eleven villages was deeply affected by its conflict with Cross River State, during which numerous lives were lost and properties including houses were destroyed in 2017.
The relief materials which included bags of beans, pads, salt, tissues, bags of sugar, cartons of detergent, bags of rice, cartons of indomie, bags of garri, packs of bottled water, mattresses, cartons of spaghetti, jerrycans of groundnut oil, packs of medicated soaps and blankets were meant to cushion the negative impact of the crisis on the people.
The distribution of the welfare packages was done in collaboration with the State Emergence Management Agency (SEMA) and a non governmental organization.
Addressing members of the community at Nworie Market in Offia Orji venue for the distribution, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Pastor Kenneth Nwabueze Oziomaeze explained that Ebonyi State Government was the major sponsor of the current distribution exercise to the affected villages.
“Ebonyi government is a major sponsor of the items distributed here today. The items are worth millions of naira. Our next target is to embark on the reconstruction of houses and empowerment of unemployed youths in the community. We are working on it.”
“We want to appeal to them to be patient with the State government. Thank God, peace has finally returned to the community. I want to advise them to build bridges of unity with their neighbours.”
The Town Union President of the Community, Mr. Uguru Solomon thanked the Emergency team for remembering them at this critical moment of their lives.
He appealed to the government to do all within its power to end the communal dispute by calling on the National Boundary Commission to do the needful.