In fulfilment of his earlier promise to the Armed Forces few weeks ago, the Ebonyi State Government has donated two trailer loads of rice to the Nigeria Armed Forces for the troops on the field. 

Presenting the rice to Nigeria Army the state Deputy Governor, Barrister Kelechi Igwe, said the donation was the modest support of the government and people of Ebonyi State to President Buhari Administration and the Armed Forces.

The Deputy Governor stated that security of the nation is not for the President alone but what the whole 36 States of the Federation would rise up and rally round the President to make our country a better place to live. He pointed out that provision of food is an important aspect of sustaining the fighting troops.

Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State stated with pride that the rice being donated is what is popularly known in the country as Abakaliki rice and is one of the best and nutritious rice in the world, noting that it was high time agriculture is given the right place in the economic emancipation of our nation.

Responding, the Chief of Defence Staff through the Chief of Logistics at Defence Headquarters, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, thanked the Governor, government and people of Ebonyi State for identifying with the military at this challenging period. He was full of gratitude to the Governor for fulfilling his promise to the military which would go a long way to cushion the effect of the battle against insurgency.

Major General Atewe noted that what the Ebonyi State Government did was a morale booster for the Military as adequate food supply would spur the troops to perform maximally in the theatre of the hostility against terrorism. He appealed to the NGOS, other State Governments and private companies to emulate Ebonyi State Government by supporting the Nigerian Armed Forces for the overall betterment of our nation.

It would be recalled that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State promised donation of thousands of bag of rice to the fighting troops when he paid courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, a couple of weeks ago.