South East Governors' Forum (SEGF) And COVID-19

South East Governors under the aegis of the South East Governors' Forum (SEGF) ably led by H.E., Engr. David Umahi, FNSE,FNATE, Governor of Ebonyi State, have acquitted themselves creditably in their response to the ravaging onslaught of Coronavirus.

In their respective States, they have shown out themselves as leaders who are committed to the promotion of the well- being of their people. The Governors have demonstrated that they are responsive and responsible.

In Ebonyi State, Governor Umahi has released N1.5 Billion to vulnerable citizens; provided N2 Billion to entrepreneurs and those with vocational skills while earmarking a N1Billion facility for farmers to help them in their 2020 Agricultural season. Ebonyi State has also cued into the Federal Government's Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme.

In Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi created three Isolation Centres in Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu State Medical Diagnostic Centre and a third at Nsukka. He caused three Ambulances to be put to use while working to add 15 more.

Face masks, sanitizers and other necessary health items are distributed free to Enugu citizens, among other gestures.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on his own part, has distributed 200 bags of Anambra Rice to each of the 179 communities of the State and waived taxes formerly paid to the State by low income earners like tricycle, motorcycle and barrow operators.

Similarly, he has given a 10 per cent tax rebate to business concerns and their workers in a bid to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Of course gloves, sanitizers, face masks as well as dedicated telephone lines at each of six Emergency Operation Centres ( for ease of communication) are on offer.

Imolites are not left out. Governor Hope Uzodinma created six isolation Centres and an ICT facility for information sharing and gave different food items to Imolites in the 305 Wards of the State, among other palliative measures.

In Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu created three Isolation Centres in Amachara, Umuahia. He has also been freely sharing food, sanitizers, masks, etc to his people. Across the five States of the South East geo-political zone, joint patrols by Health personnel drawn from the brother-States are on duty at the boundaries of the States.

The Governors are as united as ever in their fight against Covid-19.

Michael Ike Udah

Director, Media and Communication

South East Governors' Forum Secretariat, Enugu.

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