Palliatives: Non-indegenes lament marginalization, petition Obiano, lawmakers


Non indigenes in the State have petitioned Gov. Willie Obiano, Senators Uche Ekwunife, Ifeanyi Ubah, Stella Odua and the eleven members of the Federal House of Representatives against what they called the marginalization of their members in the distribution of palliatives for COVID 19 pandemic.

The members under the umbrella of Anambra Association of Non Indigenes (ANIAS) regretted that all other associations in the state have received palliative packages except them.

In a statement signed by the National President Mr. Ferguson Okpala, the Public Relations Officer Mr. Okechukwu Maduforo, the secretary and students Youth Leader, Mr. Solomon Edet and Godwin Otu, the body appeal to Gov. Obiano, the three senators and
eleven members of the National Assembly to come to their rescue before we perish of hunger and starvation.

The statement partly read, “We’re compelled by the near sectional manner upon which the none indigenes in Anambra State made up of the six geopolitical zones have been denied of the government palliatives for COVID 19 pandemic.

“It is on record that the non indigenes constitute forty-five percent of the voting strength of Anambra electorate and they also pay all government taxes and levies through their businesses in the state yet when it has to do with incentives for the people they are never remembered.

“Since the regime of former governors of Anambra State down to the regime of Governor Willie Obiano, we have always been approached during every general election and we have always being promised that parcel of land and inclusion in the running of government but soon after those elections they practically abandon us to our fate.

“Even the respective National Assembly and State Assembly members have not found it proper and expedient to factor in the non indigenes since the out break of COVID 19 pandemic which indeed paints the picture of
neglect on our own part.

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“We here by appeal to Gov. Willie Obiano, the three senators and eleven members of the National Assembly to assist us with palliatives before we perish of hunger and starvation.

“It is worthy of note that other governors and political appointees in the south east have made efforts to include the non indigenes in their respective states in the distribution of palliatives.

“We however salute Gov. Willie Obiano for appointing our National President the position of Executive Assistant but still contend that
we should be assisted further.

The body also reiterated its pledge to continue to be law abiding and to support government in its activities in the state.

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