Ikpeazu tasks Muslims on responsible celebration as wife begins agro inputs distribution
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, yesterday, urged Muslims to reflect on the message of Eid-El-Kabir that emphasizes sacrifice and celebrate responsibly as they pray for peace and progress of the country.
Ikpeazu, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, commended the Muslim Community in the state for their commitment to peace and good neighbourliness with adherents of other religions.
While whishing them happy celebrations, he advised them to celebrate responsibly and observe the COVID-19 protocols as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Even as you celebrate the Sallah holidays, remember that COVID-19 remains a global challenge. Many of our compatriots get infected as can be seen from NCDC’s daily statistics,” he said.
He assured that his administration was committed to the provision of an enabling environment for all adherents of peaceful faiths to practice their religions.
Besides, Ikpeazu’s wife, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu, has stated that it was imperative for Abia people to commit to agriculture, stressing that doing so was the surest way to ease the economic decline.
She spoke yesterday while flagging off the distribution of fertilizers to women farmers in the 17 council areas of the state, using her Aka Ajaja Campaign initiative to mobilise women to embrace agriculture and allied activities.
She said experts predicted that hardship and high cost of food items would result from the coronavirus pandemic, saying that resorting to farming and agriculture was a strategic response to lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While commending the state government for motivating Abia women to engage in farming and proving the input and fertilizers, she said, “There were visible signs that the Aka Ajaja Campaign, which commenced about three months ago, will yield encouraging harvests going by the response of Abia people.
“The fertilizers will help the farmers to increase their yields this farming season and I urge Abia farmers, irrespective of their occupations, to cultivate every piece of available arable land in the state and engage in the farming of animals and commercial trees,” she stated.
On behalf of the women groups, Franka Ibe of Umuahia North Council Area, commended Ikpeazu and his wife for not only providing palliatives to Abia people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also motivating them to engage in farming and providing them inputs.
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