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2019: Widows, physically-challenged, others endorse Umahi



A group, Ebonyi State Welfare Empowerment Association (ESWEA), yesterday endorsed Governor Dave Umahi, for second term in 2019.

The group, numbering more than 3, 000 matched to the entrance gate of the Government House, Abakaliki, to convey their decision to Umahi.

Members of the group include physically-challenged persons, widows, the less-privileged, the sick and the downtrodden that had received government’s financial or medical assistance through the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Welfare and Religion, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali.

Coordinator of the group, Prince Solomon Okorie, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the decision to back the governor’s second term ambition was hinged on the fact that he had performed beyond his campaign promises to the people in less than four years in office.

Okorie said God had been using Umahi as an instrument of positive change in the state; explaining that the governor’s administration had empowered thousands of the people of Ebonyi to be self-sustaining, many of whom were less privileged.

“It may interest you to know that despite other numerous people-oriented programmes, the office of Her Excellency engages in massive women and widows’ empowerment. Last Friday of every month, over 300 widows from the 13 local government areas receive their monthly stipend of N10, 000 and two bags of rice.

“It is also worthy of note that 1,710 widows were empowered with N100, 000 each while the second batch are undergoing bank verification and those that has been cleared are awaiting payment,” he said.

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