Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi has revealed that the state spent as much as N5bn to take care of the poor in the month of December.

He added that even when the state didn’t have, they went to borrow from other sources.

Umahi said this while on a Christmas visit to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospitals, Fetha One and Two, and Mile Four Maternity Hospital in Abakaliki, the state capital.

“Between the Local Governments and the state, in this December alone, we have spent over N5billion. When we didn’t have the money, we had to borrow because touching people like this gives me a lot of joy,” Umahi said

“So when few people are saying there is no empowerment, don’t mind them. This is the real empowerment, to set the patients free, to set the poor free, to set the oppressed free, that is the real empowerment.

“Roads is the basis of the development of every state and we needed this road so badly. Remember we are the salt of the nation, but today, we are the road of the nation.”

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