By Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Representatives of the communities in Abia North Senatorial District have commended Senator Mao Ohuabunwa for donating various palliative items to them for the COVID:19 lockdown of the state.
Speaking on their behalf after receiving the items in Umuahia, the state capital, Chief Kalu Ike from Ohafia local government area, said they cannot thank him enough for the kind gesture.
He described Ohuabunwa as one of those who have substantially identified with the constituents during the lockdown and urged other politicians and well-meaning individuals in the district to emulate him.
While handing over the items to the representatives, Ohuabunwa, who represented the district from 2015-2019, expressed worry over the rising confirmed cases of COVID:19 cases in the state in the past one week.
Represented by the director-general of his political structure, “Follow Better Organisation,” Dr. Ndubuisi Eke, he said the gesture was part of his contributions to the government’s efforts to stem the spread of the virus.
The onetime speaker, ECOWAS Parliament, therefore charged the constituents to strictly adhere to all preventive protocols for the deadly virus as part of the sacrifices needed to pay to stay away from the pandemic.
According to him, “If you fail to take the crusade against the scourge seriously, Abia could become its epi-center in the South East in the months ahead. But God forbid that such will befall us.”
It will be recalled that only seven active COVID-19 cases were reported in the state until last week when Governor Okezie Ikpeazu tested positive to the virus, but ever since then, the number has jumped to over 166.
Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, the deputy governor, had at a press briefing yesterday, warned that residents of the commercial city of Aba could be more vulnerable to the scurge based on available statistics.
Other beneficiaries include the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Correctional Centre, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the media.