By Agnes Nworie
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has called on the state government for explanation why the state was not included in the Federal Government’s social register list especially that of conditional cash transfers since 2016.
Chairman of the party in the state, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu who commended the state government led by Chief David Umahi for the measures put in place against covid 19 pandemic, expressed displeasure about omission of Ebonyi in the list for conditional cash transfer while briefing Journalists recently in Abakaliki.
The party commended President Mohamadu Buhari in his efforts in tackling the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria and wondered why the poor and mostly agrarian Ebonyians were out of the 36 states of the federation excluded from the Federal government cash transfer program initiated by the Party at the national since 2016.
Pastor Nwachukwu appealed to the state government to lift the total ban on motorcycle both commercial and private in the State, as according to him it has brought untold hardship to the people, particularly to the families of the commercial motorcyclists, motorcycle and spare parts dealers, motorcycle repairers who depend on the business for survival.
He suggested that the ban should be at boundary communities to reduce the negative effects on the people and boost economy of the state.
Meanwhile, the APC state boss alleged that names of their members were excluded by PDP agents in the state during the ongoing compilation of names at ward level for the distribution of federal and state Government palliatives to cushion the effect of Coronavirus lockdown, a situation he described as unfair.
“One will be surprise that the conditional cash transfer contained in our party manifesto, that several States has since 2016 been enjoying, Ebonyi has no record in the program. We therefore call on the Governor to come out and explain to the state why such lofty federal government project meant to reduce the suffering of the people is been denied Ebonyians.”
“If not for the magnanimity of our dear President who ordered recently that additional 1000 000 Nigerians be captured, Ebonyi would have been left out totally. But regrettably, the process is highly politicized and we frown at it. Reports from our party faithful have it that in the area where they collate these names, they deny our party members registration. We call on the attention of the Federal government and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to take note and ensure that justice is done in the names in Ebonyi state. If not, it should be considered efforts in futility”, he noted.
“Ebonyi APC commends the resilience of our dear President in tackling the spread of COVID -19 in Nigeria. All the steps he has taken so far are laudable and World Health Organization has not failed to commend him for his role in fighting the scourge. Most importantly is his proactive steps in setting up silos in Nigeria, through which food items are been distributed to all parts of the country. We as well condole with our dear President on the demise of a faithful member of our party and the Chief of staff to the President, late Mallam Abah Kyari”
“We want to call on the governor to kindly consider the suffering and the plight of Ebonyians and relax the ban on motorcycle in the state, let it be limited to the border areas. The reason is obvious. Ebonyi State is an agrarian state. We are all farmers and a good number of us in Ebonyi here are poor people who their only means of transportation predominantly is the use of motorcycles.”
“So, it is difficult now for people to convey their farm inputs to the farms. The implication is that if these local people who have been doing great work to farm in Ebonyi State don’t have the means to convey both humans and materials to the farms, we are afraid that the post-COVID-19 effect will be devastating. In light of this, whosoever may have advised him to put this total ban, we suggest he reverse this and relax it a little. We are not against the ban, but we are saying it should be relaxed.”