June 9, 2024

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Uzodimma shares out Tinubu’s ‘Xmas Rice’ with request for prayers for president

PRESIDENT Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Christmas gifts to people of the southeast began going round yesterday in Imo State.
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has flagged-off the distribution of palliatives with an appeal for prayers for the president.
At the secretariat of the Imo State chapter of the Christian Association Nigeria (CAN), Owerri where he admonished the church leaders who came to take delivery of the gift, Gov. Uzodimma urges our people to constantly uphold the government of President Tinubu in their prayers.
According to his chief press secretary and media adviser Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor thanks God for mercies that made it possible for the people to overcome the challenges of 2023, and prayed that 2024 will be a lot better for all.
The governor who thanks the men of God for finding time to be part of the event reminded them that on May 29, 2023, President Tinubu introduced some reforms meant to recover our economy and reduce hardship in the country, strengthen the Naira, grow our economy, create jobs for the unemployed and generally make Nigeria great again.
He says though some of those policies came with initial pains, like the high cost of items in the market and generally, high cost of living in Nigeria, “but the policies are meant to address these pains.”
Governor Uzodimma recalls that towards the end of last year, the federal and state governments distributed palliative materials in Imo State, doing their best to send the materials to the nooks and crannies of the State and conscious of the fact that South East is predominantly Christians.
No less than “80 per cent of people living in the southeast are Christians”, the government notes adding that the Christmas celebration is taken as a very serious festival.
The Governor who assures of the President’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of the people, emphasizes the significance of providing relief and other support to citizens, particularly during the festive season.
He says that the truck-loads of rice they came to flag-off the distribution neither came from the state nor Federal Government, rather a personal gift from President Tinubu to the Christians as gifts to the southeast.
The governor says that he decided to involve Imo State CAN to ensure seamless distribution since all Christians in the zone are under the umbrella of CAN.
However, he says that the Imo State Government would support CAN with the logistics to convey the truck-loads of rice to all the Southeast states of Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and even Imo State.
The governor then urges Christian communities in the Southeast states to fervently pray for President Tinubu’s administration to do better having laid the foundation for a prosperous country with the ambitious 2024 budget already signed into law by the President.
“Never in the history of Nigeria has anybody released such huge sum of money as an annual budget.”
In his welcome address, Rev. Dr. Eches Divine Eches, CAN chairman for Imo State, lauds Gov. Uzodimma’s commitment to ensuring that the welfare of the people is never neglected, describing him as “caring and a lover of God and mankind, promoting interests of the Igbo people on the national stage.”
Deputy governor of Imo State Prof. Placid Njoku and Deputy Gov.-elect Lady Chinyere Ekomaru and other top government officials joined the governor at the flag-off ceremony.