Ayade distributes food to vulnerable

Abasifreke Effiong – Uyo

Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, has announced the approval of 8000 job opportunities to youths of the state as its palliative to cushion the impact of Coronavirus on the economy of residents of the state.

Ayade announced the job opportunities on Wednesday during the flag off of distribution of stimulus package to vulnerable persons in Cross River state.

He said the state government has already approved N30,000 as monthly stipend for the 8000 persons who will be enrolled on the employment.

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Recruitment of the 8000 persons will start on Tuesday 21st March. Those expected to apply must be between 18 and 35 years.

Ayade said the stimulus package distributed by government is for citizens who cannot fend for themselves.

Cross River state announces 8000 jobs as its COVID-19 palliative
Governor Ayade, during the flag off of distribution of food to vulnerable persons in Cross River as part of COVID-19 palliatives.

Cross River Watch quoted Ayade as saying that the food provided is for the poor and other people who are incapacitated.

“Distributing food is not the real palliatives, the real pallitive is in giving people jobs. Palliative which is temporal is for poor and vulnerable who cannot fend for themselves.”

“We are starting the real palliative on Tuesday. Whether you are a gardner or cleaner, whatever you can do, we will give a job but we can only pay you 30,000 if you know you need it and want to earn that amount please put down your names and phone numbers; you will be contacted.”

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“The food will be shared through our traditional rulers to all the 18 LGAs: We want it to get to the grassroots; this is not about political party. It is about governace; we will also give to churches and various religious organisations to distribute because they know the people well.”

Ayade said now that the world is facing grave threat from the COVID-19 pandemic is time to show love to humanity.

“This is a time to show humanity. Humanity does not know colour or ethnicity. We need to stop spreading fear about the pandemic. What we need is to show the people love especially at this critical time. Fear and hunger is killing people even more than the pandemic”, the Governor maintained.