By Nnaji Emmanuel in Abakaliki
The International Association of Liberty Intelligence Our Nation Safety foundation (LIONS) in United State of America has through it Ebonyi state chapter donated relief materials worth thousands of naira to Ebonyi state government
Speaking during the hold over the Chapter President Rev. Dr. Mrs. Jacinta Nworie said Lions club foundation is just six months old in Ebonyi state but they are not new in Nigeria
She said during the eradication of Guinea Worm in Nigeria, Lions club international participated actively in the eradication by allowing the Calabar group of Lions club into Ebonyi state in the year 1994 that lasted till 2008.
In her word “We are here as an entity, it is a community based organization. We are known and addressed as Ebonyi Golden Lions Club.!
The club was chattered December, 2019 here in Ebonyi State.
Before now, the Lions club was founded in year 1917 by our late president general, Marvin Jones in the states of United States of America.
Agree with me that Lions club is over 60 years in Nigeria
During the eradication of Guinea Worm in Nigeria, Lions club international violates played a very major role by allowing the Calabar group of Lions club into Ebonyi state in the year 1994 that lasted till 2008.
We are known with some key projects. We are into eye project, we are into community electrification, we are into fighting against child-master, we are into environmental projects, we are into empowerments.
We are also into poverty eradication, we are into education, etc.
So, Lions club came to be in Ebonyi last year and the club requires three things which is talent, time and treasure for you to be a member.”
Mrs Nworie added they are here to present some COVID-19 palliative donated to us by our international foundation.
Mr. Speaker, I will like you to know that we are ready to partner with Ebonyi State Government in all times and we are here to tell the state government that we are Non Governmental Organization, we are not political, we are just humanitarian service organization.”
Our own lions is an acronym:
L.I.O.N.S – Liberty Intelligence Ours Nation Safety.
If you are at liberty you can discharge your duty, if you are intelligent you can carry out an assignment, then you can be our own Nation’s safety .
Feel free Ebonyi State government to invite Lions club to do one or two projects.
Before now, we have taken our personal palliative to old people’s home, tuberculosis centre mile four, international market, Kpiri-Kpiri market, leprosy centre, Ebonyi state, etc. We have just been going around doing good.
We are planning to open private hospital where people can come to receive treatment.
Speaking during the event Special Assistant to Leo Ekene Oketa who represented the Ebonyi state Speaker Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru and chairman of the state COVID-19 welfare committee said let me on behalf of Ebonyi state government and on behalf of our unassuming Governor, His Excellency Engr. David Nweze Umahi, his deputy, Barrister Eric Kelechi Igwe and of course my immediate Boss, the chairman of the Ebonyi state COVID-19 fund raising and welfare committee, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru and other government officials, appreciate Lions club for this sensitive donations
Unfortunately, Ebonyi state has recorded a number of cases but we are happy that these cases were recorded and identified through the proactive and systematic efforts of government, means that the work of the government of his Excellency the Governor are yielding fruits. All his energies, all his plans, everything he has put together to make sure that Ebonyi people stay free and safe from the pandemic is working.
I have heard people say over the radio and social media that the number is alarming but we understand from the other side that the numbers keep coming because we are testing a lot of people and when you don’t have the testing equipment, there is no way you will know who has or who doesn’t have and it is only in Ebonyi that we make proud to say that we have treatment centres.
A lot of people are coming here to test and that is why we are proud of what we have achieved within this past five months.
We are proud of his excellency and his team.
About Lions club, I think their core mandate is service.
We thank you so much for coming together to make our communities better, we thank you for coming together to serve, to meet humanitarian needs, ensure that our states and communities are better environs for us to inhabit peacefully.
We know that you are not being paid, it’s charity. So we pray God to replenish you.
The materials are sensitive because you have recognize our health workers who are at the front line of fighting this pandemic. They are the ones who are at the war front.