The Ebonyi Government has pledged commitment to advance the medical well-being and welfare of septuagenarians, Octogenarians, nonagenarians, widows and others in the state.
Governor David Umahi, who made the pledge on Saturday in Abakaliki at an Elderly and Widows party to mark the 2018 Independence Day of Nigeria @58 and the state @ 22, said it was to further enhance the life of these persons and address their health challenges.
He directed the Chairmen and Coordinators of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state to visit widows and elderly persons in their domain to ascertain their health challenges and monitor their diets.
According to Umahi, the first assignment of any administration should be the welfare and security of the people.
He said: “This programme is one of the five covenant of the administration to take care of the widows and we are happy for achieving it.
“We have nurses who will monitor their medical well-being and the stakeholders to check the food and water they take.
“I will appreciate so much if the chairmen and coordinators take this assignment seriously because it will cost us nothing but people doing their work.”
Umahi while commending them for their support in prayer, encouraged them to be courageous.
He said that the welfare programme would be sustained and celebrated every three months.
He also said that the medical programme for these group of persons would be included in the state’s 2019 budget.
He said: “The elderly and widows need our attention and I want testimonies in the next celebration by December.”
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Matters and Social Welfare, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, said that the elderly ones were symbols of justice and equity.
Nwali, who is also Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, urged them to continue in their support for the present administration, while they obtain their Permanent Voter Card to exercise their franchise.
He said: “Old age is a gift. I enjoin you to manage it positively. The celebration has been `the first of it kind.”
Contributing, Vincent Nwode, an elderly, while commending the state government for its kind gesture, pledged to support the present administration.
He said there was the need for the party to play by the rules to ensure a credible, free and fair general elections come 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 4, 300 widows in the state had been beneficiaries of N100, 000 each from the government.