Ebonyi Xmas Bonus: N10,000, 2bags of rice for each civil servant, pensioner, 2nd COVID-I9 pallatives distribution starts 21 Dec


By Victor Nwegede

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has reiterated that all civil servants and pensioners would in addition to their salaries of December 2020 be given ten thousand Naira (N10, 000) honorarium with two bags of rice respectively. 

Umahi also reaffirmed that from Monday 21st December, 2020, the state COVID-I9 Welfare Committee would commence the distribution of the second tranche of palliatives to Ebonyi people in their respective polling units as a way of giving succour to them during the yuletide. 

He made the disclosure on Sunday at Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki when the Ebonyi State Government House Chapel held its 2020 Special Thanksgiving Service amidst praises and reverence to God. 

This was contained in a statement issued and made available to NATIONAL PANEL by the Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Francis Nwaze.

According to the statement, Governor David Umahi observed that the Thanksgiving service was in response to the knowledge that God requires the heart of gratitude as a token of appreciation for his good deeds to humanity. 

Umahi said, though the year which started well was truncated by Coronavirus pandemic and EndSARS protests, Ebonyians have every reason to thank God for his mercies and blessings in the year 2020. 

"Let me thank God that when the distractions and all kinds of security threats came, the Lord never left us," he said. 

He also thanked God that despite the turbulence of 2020, Ebonyi State has prospered in leaps and bounds. 

"We have every reason as a people and as a state to glorify God, when you travel outside the State you will understand that we have every reason to dance the song of Frank Edward," he added.

He equally appealed to Ebonyians to embrace the COVID-19 protocols to avert the second wave of Coronavirus in the state. 

The governor assured Ebonyians of adequate security for a hitch-free celebration of Christmas and new year and appealed to Ebonyians to always volunteer security information to security agencies for optimum performance. 

He expressed hope of a more prosperous 2021, promising to complete some laudable projects like the airport, the shopping mall, among others within the next year. 

He further explained, the government's priority in education and health in the 2021 budget, made his administration to accrue to the sectors, the highest appropriation.

In an exhortation, the Chaplain of Government House Chapel,  Pastor Eunice Oyeyemi of Christ Embassy Church Mile 50, Abakaliki admonished Christians to always serve God in words and truth to attract his blessings. 

"We must understand that serving God is not optional,  it is mandatory for all that is created by God to serve him".

She encouraged them to strive to pay greater attention to the things of God in 2021 to enrich their spiritual lives. 

Pastor Oyeyemi expressed hope that God would protect Ebonyians from the second wave of Coronavirus. 

The preceeds of  the thanksgiving were said to be offered as a succour to less privileged bodies and individuals in the state in the spirit of Christmas. 

Some of the benefiting groups included Abakaliki Correctional Service, Afikpo Correctional Service, Saint Vincent De Paul Old people's Home kpirikpiri,  Motherless Babies Abakaliki, Mile 4 Leprosy Colony,  Ishieke,  Innercity mission Home,  World Alive Orphans,  School of the Blind  Opefia, Sisters of the Poor Abakaliki,  International Model School of Deaf and Dumb Afikpo,  Izzi motherless babies home Oswanka, Remand Home, Mile 5o,  Abakaliki,  Mater Hospital Afikpo,  Divine Mandate Intercessory Prayer Group,  Widow Care and Support for Jesus,  Leprosy Colony,  Ngbo, Leprosy Colony Ikwo,  Rehabilitation Centre,  Mile 50, School of Deaf and Dumb,  Onuenyim, CBR Effata Ugbodo and Leprosy Colony Ezillo.
Others are Leprosy Colony Ogboji, Clarican Hospitals and Maternity,  Association of Physically Challenged Persons,  Motherless Babies Home Mbeke Ishieke,  Trinitarian Missionaries of Merciful Love Community Ugwuachara,  Methodist Church Less privileged Outreach,  School of the Blind Okpoduma,  Divine Mandate Widow Group,  Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki Succour,  Indigent Care Foundation,  Assemblies of God Mission Support,  Ezeonu Memorial Foundation,  Hope for Widows Foundation CE WOWICAN, Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation. Adeline Advocacy for the dignity of the Destitute Foundation,  Missionary Daughters of Divine Presence Onuebonyi, Calvary Daughters Iziogo,  Ukpa Indigent Care Initiative Afikpo,  Divine Mercy for the elderly Owutu Edda,  Our Mother of Perpetual Help Widows Izzi, Nigeria Association of the Blind Ebonyi State, Blessed Helpers of the poor Ozizza, Anglican Diocese Orphans /Widows and less privileged Group,  Ebonyi Praying Widows,  the good Samaritan Indigent Care Foundation, Balm of the Gilead Elder Home Effium,  Refuge of Hope Destitute Motherless  Agubia among others.

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