By Elizabeth Chukwuma
Barely two weeks after Bashir Jamoh, director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, presented material and funds to Lagos state government to support the fight against Coronavirus, popular, COVID 19, named after the year of the outbreak in Wuhan Town, Hebei Province of the Asian country of China, the agency COVID 19 Humanitarian Train has landed at Abuja , the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and Enugu, Capital of Anambra state to make another set of donations.
has extended the same gesture to the Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the government of the Federation led Presidential Task Force on COVID 19.
The agency, according to Philip Kyanet, an Assistant Director and the agency Head of Corporate Communications had said that the agency had made material and financial donation to the COVID 19, Presidential Force , PTF, under the Chairmanship of Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the government of the Federation to support their effort in the renewed fight against the deadly disease across the country.
Kaynet disclosed that the Maritime Regulatory agency had donated ambulance vehicles, buses ventilators, oxygen concentrators, Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, Rapid Test Kits, RTK, hand sanitisers and other medical equipment including a N30 million donation.
This is in addition to the release of the agency volunteer personnel to enhance the PTF, logistics, in the movement of equipment and other medical supplies within the riverine Communities across the country.
Jamoh had explained that the agency deployed the fast intervention vessels, ambulances, buses among others to support the efforts by the government at the various levels, Federal and state to solve a national medical emergency , insisting that all hands must be on deck.
He had said that ‘’COVID19, was a challenge that must be overcome in the country’’ commending President Muhammadu Buhari for the steps taken so far to contain the spread of the disease in the country. Zalani Musa Attah, Coordinator of the Abuja Zonal office, who was said to have made the NIMASA material and financial donation to the COVID19 Presidential Task Force on behalf of the Director General disclosed that they had to ’’adjust their priorities to contribute their quota to the ‘’urgent need to get the country out of this national emergency’’.
As a responsible agency, we will continue to support government’s efforts across the board, , stressing that ‘’collectively , we will fight against this deadly disease with the help of Almighty God’’, he had said.
The agency COVID19 Humanitarian Train was said to have equally landed in Enugu, Capital of Anambra state, south east Nigeria, where it presented ventilators, oxygen concentrators and hand sanitisers,to the state governemnt.Solo Chukwulobelu, a Professor and the Secretary to the state government was said to have received the materials on behalf of ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the state governor.
The presentation of the material and financial support to the COVID19,PTF, and the Anambra state government to curb the spread of the disease were said to have been made at different times. The donations may have thrilled the officials of the COVID 19 PTF and those of the Anambra state government going by their Statement. that The COVID 19 PTF and the south east government officials were said to have showered praises on Jamoh , the NIMASA boss and his Management Team for the gesture.
Mustapha, the COVID 19 PTF, Chairman, who was full of appreciation to the NIMASA Authorities for the gesture, ’’urged other government agencies , private Organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the Maritime Regulatory agency and support the government efforts in the fight to curb the spread of the pandemic , so that ’’Nigerians will live their normal lives again’’.
He disclosed that the country is more prepared now in tackling the disease than ever before, pleading with Nigerians to endure the lock down order in Lagos, Abuja, the Federal Capital territory and Ogun state as it was not done to trample on the Citizens Fundamental Human Rights of Freedom of Movement or Freedom of Religion but to assist the government trace the infected persons across the country in order to contain the spread of the disease.The COVID 19 PTF, Chairman, has told those that cares to listen that ‘’in no distant time’’ , the country will return back to normalcy for businesses to resume. Recall that Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, had said that there suspected 600 carriers of the disease currently being traced across the country.
Chukwulobelu, the Secretary to the Anambra state government who had received the materials support for the state from NIMASA, thanked Jamoh, the Director General and the Management Team for the gesture , promising that ‘’it will be well utilised’’.
But not many people are surprised at the NIMASA Material support to the Anambra state government to help curb the spread of the disease in the state. This is because of Jamoh, the NIMASA helmsman earlier , promise while t making the agency donations to the Lagos state government, described as the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria, that ‘’it will not be limited to the state alone but will be spread to other states in the six geo-political regions in the country .
1.Coordinator Attah Presents NIMASA Donation To Musta, COVID 19, Chairman- Image