…Jamoh also releases 36-sitter buses, oxygen concentrator, others to combat COVID-19***
The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Bashir Jamoh redeemed his earlier pledge on Monday, as he handed over three ventilators, N20 million cheque, and other items to the Lagos State Government, to help contain the spread of Coronavirus.
Dr Bashir Jamoh indicated this while handing over the items to the Lagos State Government in Lagos, highlighting that N20 million of the agency’s earlier N50 million donation would go to the Lagos State Government, while the remaining N30 million would go to Abuja, because the Federal Government had approved five stadia for them.
“As an agency, NIMASA, is working hard both with the internal and external stakeholders to fashion out strategic effort that will be put in place to fight the Coronavirus menace.
“We are here to flag off the distribution of some of the items and materials that will be used in this fight.
“We have ventilators and testing materials, ambulance, fire brigade machines to be used to spray chemicals to reduce the spread of the virus.
“Other items donated are 36-sitter bus, 16-sitter bus, oxygen concentrator, personal protective equipment, hand santisers and also there will be handy volunteers to work with the government and experts that will use the fire engine machines,” he said.
Jamoh said that as a regulatory agency, NIMASA was concerned about the country’s coastal communities.
“We are taking their issues very seriously.
“We are trying to look at those in the hinterland who constantly interact with NIMASA, as they are prone to getting this virus, through the waterways and with the fast intervention vessels would be able to get to them.
“We decided to give these donations to all our landlords wherever we operate, the Western Zone which is Lagos, Eastern Zone- Port Harcourt, and in Central Zone we have Warri and Calabar.
“All the six geo-political zones will benefit from it.
“The zones are Maiduguri for North East; Kaduna for North West, Kwara for North Central, Anambra for South East and also Abuja,” Jamoh said.
He also commended the Lagos State Government for effort taken so far in contain of the spread of the virus.
“The state governments donations in terms of food, giving information and update on the day to day basis on COVID-19 is commendable.
“We want to also appreciate the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their effort in terms of sensitising the public, we feel that Nigerians owe it a duty by abiding by rules and guidelines of staying at home,” he said.
In his response, Mr Rabiu Olowo, Lagos State Commissioner for Finance said that the goodwill from NIMASA was most appreciated by the governor and the people of the state.
“As you are all aware Lagos State is the epic center of this pandemic that everyone is fighting across the globe.
“We have seen the response of the state to this and the true leadership of Mr governor to fighting this.
“So this donation will go a long way in supporting and complementing the state effort towards fighting the pandemic”, he further explained.