The chairman Ikwuano/Umuahia Supreme Council of Traditional rulers HRM Eze Nnamdi Ofoegbu, has described the choice of Abia State to be one of the states to benefit from the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention grant on the fight against HIV/ADIS as a welcome development.
He said that the grant will help the State in caring for those infected with the disease given its ranking of HIV prevalence in the country.
Eze Ofoegbu, spoke in Umuahia the state capital on Thursday, during the official lunching of the Accelerated Control of HIV, epidemic and sustainable solution
(Access) project by Caritas Nigeria.
The traditional ruler who is also the chairman of Ohuhu Council of Traditional Rulers, represented the chairman of the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Eminence Eze Joseph Nwabeke, at the lunch.
The royal father congratulated Caritas Nigeria for the award of the president’s Emergency plan for AIDS Relief through the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), praying that they would deliver comprehensively the aims and objectives of the grant.
He said, “As traditional rulers and the custodians of the culture,ethos and values of our people in our various communities, we will do our best to keep educating our people to practice and live a healthy life.
“We will always do only the needful to discourage the spreading of the HIV virus, as Abia State needs her citizens to be strong and energetic moving forward.
“We urge Caritas Nigeria not to hesitate to reach out to Ndi Eze for assistance in any possible area towards the effort to control the spread of the HIV disease. We pray the Almighty God will see them through in the fight against HIV/AIDS threat.