*Supports FG with N50M
Port Harcourt — As part of its corporate social responsibility, West Africa Container Terminal, WACT, on Monday disclosed that it has contributed the sum of N50million into the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Relief Fund Account, through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Managing Director of WACT, Mr. Aamir Mirza, disclosed this in Onne seaport, while donating personal protective equipment, to the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigeria Customs Service, to stem the spread of the ravaging corona virus pandemic.
Apart from NPA and NCS in Onne Port, WACT also donated PPEs to its host communities of Onne and Ogu communities.
The PPEs donated include, 1,100 surgical nose masks, 50 packs of hand gloves and 60 bottles of hand sanitizers, each to NPA, NCS, Onne Community and Ogu community.
Mirza, while presenting the donations to NPA in Onne seaport, said prevention remains the best option available in the absence of vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19, as the donation was in line with the effort aimed at enhancing preventive measures at the port.
Represented by Chief Financial Officer, WACT, Lewis Sarpong, Mirza also commended NPA for keeping the nation’s gateway operational in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the donation was imperative to support efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
According to him, “The best way to prevent and slow down transmission of COVID-19 is to be well informed about the virus, its symptoms and how it spreads.
“It is in realization of this that we carried out a lot of awareness and enlightenment campaign around the port community to educate our staff, port users including agents and truckers about the need to stay safe and adhere to the guidelines issued by relevant government agencies.
“Everybody has the responsibility of protecting themselves from the infection by maintaining social distance, regularly washing their hands and avoid touching the face,” the WACT boss charged.
Receiving the items, Onne Port Manager, Mr. Ismaila Al-Hassan, commended WACT for the donation while lamenting that COVID-19 has created severe challenges for the nation’s economy.
“A donation like this to assist the workers and the communities around the port is a welcome development.”