A 2020 special thanksgiving service was held in Ebony State Government House Chapel including praises and reverence to God for a good year. This took place in the newly constructed Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
In an address mad by the governor to the congregation, he stated that the service was to acknowledge and appreciate God’s good deeds to humanity. He went further to state that though the year didn’t start favorably due to the COVID19 pandemic and the incidence of the #EndSARS protests, Ebonyians still have all reason to appreciate God for his goodness, mercies and blessings upon them in the year 2020. He showed his deepest appreciation to God that despite the disturbance of 2020, Ebonyi state has prospered.
He said “Let me thank god that when the distractions and all kinds of security threats came, the Lord never left us. We have every reason as a people and state to glorify God. When you travel outside the state you would understand that we have every reason to dance the song of Frank Edward”.
The governor reaffirmed that the COVID Welfare Committee would begin the distribution of the second tranche of palliatives to the people in each pooling unit to support the people. He reiterated that all Civil servants and pensioners would in addition to their salaries be given 10,000 honorariums and also be given 2 bags of rice each.
He pleaded that the people follow the COVID 19 protocol to prevent the second wave of the virus in the state. He went further to assure the people of Ebonyi that adequate security would be provided for an uninterrupted celebration of Christmas and New Year. He also pleaded to Ebonyians to always give security information to security agencies for a better performance.
The governor showed hope of a better and prosperous 2021, assuring to complete some important projects like the airport, the shopping mall and others with the year 2021. He informed them that the government’s major focus is on education and health; the government would be doing more in these key sectors in 2021.
Pastor Eunice Oyeyemi of Christ Embassy, mile 50 and the Chaplain of Government House Chapel in an exhortation encouraged Christians to always serve God in words and truth to attract his blessings. She said “We must understand that serving God is not optional, it is mandatory for all that is created by God to serve him”. She also encouraged them to do better in paying utmost attentionto the things of God in 2021 to nurture their spiritual lives.