Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has applauded the contributions of the people of Abia living in the Diaspora to developmental projects in the state.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in Umuahia in commemoration of this year’s National Diaspora Day.
Governor Ikpeazu said his administration received from Abians in the Diaspora, Medical Supplies worth more than One Million US Dollars, coordination with international education service providers engaged in the retraining of Abia school teachers as well as support for the realization of the proposed Diaspora Village.
The Governor also commended the indigene of the state in Diaspora for providing personal protective equipment (PPEs) and palliative items to medical institutions and communities in the state to support her in the fight against COVID—19 pandemic.
“Our people will not forget in a hurry the critical roles you played in 2020 as we battled to contain the novel coronavirus disease that threatened our lives and livelihood. The PPEs, palliative items and cash remittances you sent home in that critical period not only provided much needed support but also helped to save families who otherwise would have been more adversely impacted by the socio-economic consequences of the measures taken to contain the situation we faced. Dr Okezie Ikpeazu stated
“It is in the light of this that the theme for this year’s National Diaspora Day, ‘Diaspora Integration for National Peace and Development’ becomes most apt, and at the same time, a clarion call for us all to do more”.
He promised to inaugurate the Diaspora Commission soon to help accelerate the realization of shared objectives.