Rivers state govt. solicits support from corporate bodies, associations in fight against COVID-19 -By Chukwudi Ejimofor


Some of the Exco members of the GCBMDA with the SSG representive Dr. Fred Kpakol during the Presentation.

The Secretary to the Rivers state Government Dr. Wenenike Danagogo, has called on corporate organizations and traders’ associations in the state, to support the state government both morally and financially in the fight against the spread of dreaded coronavirus in the state.

Dr. Danagogo who is also the Chairman of Rivers state Palliative Supplies Committee said this while receiving donations from the Garden City Building Material Dealers Association (GCBMDA) Port Harcourt, at the Palliative Food Center in Port Harcourt.

He commended the association for their kind gesture, despite the fact that their businesses have remained closed for one month now due to the pandemic.

”We want to commend you for demonstrating your corporate social responsibility. It is for all of us, because we don’t know who is going to be the next victim, because anybody could be a carrier, and its growth is spontaneous.

“We have to thank you, in spite of the fact that your area of business has been closed down for the past one month, you still made efforts to come to make some donations, we thank all of you” he posited.”

Dr. Danagogo, who was represented by Dr. Fred Kpakol, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, and Secretary, Rivers State Palliative Supplies Committee, assured the Garden City Building Material Dealers Association that their message will be conveyed to Governor Nyesom Wike.

”You message will be conveyed to the governor. We shall also pass on what you have presented here onward to the governor of the state, and we assure you that the state will appreciate your Association, and acknowledge what you have donated today.

“ On behalf of Rivers state Governor, Chief Barrister E. N. Wike, through whom we are working here today, we say thank you very much, it will be judiciously used, thank you very much,” said the SSG.

He ceased the opportunity to appeal to the public to support, and join the Gov. Wike in the fight against the spread of the virus in the state.

Members of the Exco the were on the entourage.

Earlier in their address, the Chairman of Garden City Building Material Dealers Association, Comrade Calistus Nnadika, said they were encouraged to support the government because of its persistence fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“Our association is happy with Chief Barrister E.N.Wike-led government’s articulation in the fight against coronavirus in the state.

“ Despite the fact that our business area has been locked up for the past one month, we still deemed it expedient to come and identify with the government as part of our corporate social responsibility, and we are here to donate our widow’s might of
several food items to the Rivers state government”

He stressed further that the donation is in addition to his association’s enlightenment campaign about the dreaded virus through the media.

”Before now my association has been on an in house sensitization to our members, and the general public through the media, informing people that COVID-19 is real, and they should abide by Rivers state government directives, and stay safe.

“We are in between living and livelihood; one has to be alive to talk about livelihood. What we have done today is part of the enlightenment we have been carrying on,” he said.

Comrade Nnadika called on the federal government and other associations in the state, to also support the state government during emergency of this nature.

The Chairman GCBMDA Comrade Calistus Nnadika  and the vice chairperson Lady Ukaegbu Presenting the Donations to Dr. Fred Kpakol representative of the SSG.

Speaking also, Lady Chinwe Ukaegbu, vice chairperson of the association advocated support for Gov. Wike as a result of his overt love for people of Rivers state

”My association deemed it necessary to be part of Rivers state of Governor Nysom Wike. You know that man is doing very well to protect Rivers people not to be affected with this COVID-19 that is ravaging the world.

Earlier in the day, the Association held a sensitisation programme at (Mile 3, along Ikwerre Road by Ada Gorge Road Junction).

 The public Relations Officer of the association Prince Chinedu Ofoegbu, explained to members of the association and the general public that COVID-19 is real, and urged them to maintain all directives from NCDC and the state government.

 The BoT Chairman of the association, Chief Chima Umeh, educated the public on social distancing to curb the spread of the virus in the state.

The Association presented branded T-shirt with the inscription: Garden City Building Material Association Supports Wike and Rivers Government; COVID-19 is Real, Please Stay Safe!


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