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Rivers satisfied with COVID-19 donations from firms, organisations

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Rivers State Government has expressed satisfaction with companies and organisations’ commitment and donations towards fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the Committee on Palliative, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, stated this at the committees’ warehouse in Port Harcourt yesterday while receiving oxygen concentrators, a bus and other medical materials from the management of Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited, in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Danagogo said, “Since this COVID-19 pandemic started, a lot of well-meaning companies and corporate entities have been giving their little support here and there. It is what every well-meaning individual and corporate citizen is doing to support government’s efforts at ensuring that the people, particularly the less privileged, are provided for, especially at a time we are telling them not to engage in their regular and normal lifestyles. The support from the companies has been satisfactory. They trying, but I think they can do more.

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“This is one period we know those who stand with us and those who do not stand with us. It is in time of crisis, in times of need that you know your friends. The governor will be adequately informed and once this whole pandemic gives us some breathing space, we will identify and appreciate every corporate citizen that identified with the people of Rivers at this.”

Operations Manager of Eroton, Emmanuel Thompson, said the aim of donating medical materials was to support the state government in curbing the dreaded disease and enable the people to return to normal life soon.

He, however, appealed for proper ulitisation of the materials in fighting the pandemic.

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“We are giving out the bus and some medical materials to the Rivers State Government as part of our support to the state in fighting COVID-19.

“This is just one of the things we have done in supporting the government. We have oxygen concentrators and 6,000 surgical masks. Disease affects everybody and whoever gets the disease, use this material to make sure they get well

“The bus is to be used by the Ministry of Health in confronting this pandemic. We know the government will use it so that the people who actually need it will benefit from it. We have not really had any case in our organisation. We are also working with the government and other agencies,” he said.

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