Port Harcourt — As part of measures to ameliorate the plight of people due to the COVID19 lockdown order, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, on Tuesday supported the Bayelsa State Government with two truckloads of food items.
The food items donated include, 70 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 350bags of 50kg Rice, 175 cartons of tomato, 35 jerrycans of palm oil, 70 bags of beans, 35 bags of garri, 35 packets of maggi seasoning, 70 small bags of salt and 35 bags of sugar, amongst others.
Speaking, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote, said the two truckloads of food items followed an earlier intervention with two ambulances and medical supplies, as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Wabote explained that the donaions which was done in collaboration with the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, was its contribution to ameliorate the effects of Corona Virus on Nigerians.
He said that the COVID-19 pandemic had presented a challenge to humanity and called for collaborations to tackle the menace.
“The times we are in calls for a show of solidarity with the people of the state and the management of NCDMB decided to support the government of Bayelsa in two key areas of strengthening the capacity of the health sector to prevent the spread of the virus.
“The second is to assist the people who have been directed to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus and that is why we are here with two trucks laden with relief edibles to help the volunerable people in the society especially those that survive on daily pay.
“It is not easy to ask people to stay at home without making provisions and at a time like this, we have to show solidarity with Bayelsa government and the people of Bayelsa,” he said.
Wabote, represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr Patrick Obah, said the donations were targeted at strengthening the medical services to halt the spread of the corona virus and relief materials to support compliance with the lockdown.