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NCDMB Executive Secretary, Simbi-Wabote

COVID-19 Palliative: NCDMB supports Bayelsa with 2 truckloads of relief items

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Tuesday donated two truckloads of edible items to support the Bayelsa government in bringing relief to the people to comply with the lockdown directive.

Corporate organisations, civil society organisations have been donating relief materials to the Bayelsa government’s COVID-19 Task Force led by Gov Douye Diri.

Presenting the items, Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB said that two truckloads of food items followed an earlier intervention with two ambulances and medical supplies.

Wabote, who was represented by Dr Patrick Obah, Director, Planning , Research and Statistics at NCDMB said that 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.

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 vulnerable 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.

The materials include 70 kegs of 20 litre pack of Vegetable oil, 350 bags of 50 kg Rice, 175 cartons of tomato, 35 kegs of 20 litres of red oil, 70 bags of Beans, 35 bags of Garri  and 35 packets of Maggi seasoning.

Other items include 70 small bags of salt and 35 bags of sugar among others.

Also Seven Up Bottling Company earlier donated a truckload of table water and soft drinks to assist the state government.

The Port Harcourt zone of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, also donated some 500 bottles of 100 ml of sanitizers and posters to assist the government in the fight against the COVID-19.

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