By Ifeanyi Olannye
Bua Group on Monday donated three ambulances to Delta Government to support the fight against the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, who received the donation in Asaba thanked the group and called for collective effort to check the spread of the virus.
He said that defeating COVID-19 would not be an impossible task if all Nigerians obeyed set health protocols with commitment.
He added that “it is important that we work together to beat the virus, because nothing can progress if people continue to disobey the guidelines put forth.
“If such continues, then all the battles we are fighting against the virus will just be a waste.
“I want to appeal to Deltans and Nigerians in general that we should try to put on face masks in public; it’s important and it will help a lot in the fight against COVID-19.
“You should also learn to wash your hands and make sure that as much as possible, you keep a safe distance from others.”
According to him, the virus will continue to fight back if the right thing is not done.
He urged Deltans to obey the rules and ensure that all hands were on deck to fight the battle together.
The governor, who specially thanked the Chairman of Bua Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, for the donation, added that “it is a privileged honour that the state has received such a gesture from him.
“One very good thing that I must put on note is that we did not make a request; the gesture is how you know those who are philanthropic.
“That is how you know people who genuinely from their heart, want to be of assistance to the people, and I am very much aware that the Chairman of BUA Group has done quite a lot.
“He is part of the private group leading the Coalition for COVID-19 (CACOVID) and they have done a lot in terms of providing palliatives, in terms of providing equipment, in terms of providing other logistics,” he said.
According to him, it is a good gesture; we appreciate this and believe that if Nigeria continues to have more men like him, the country will be a better place.
“There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has come to affect the world in a very unexpected way.
“It has affected not only the health of the people, but also come to impact very negatively on the economy of many nations and in Nigeria, it has impacted very badly on our economy.
“We need a lot of logistics for movement, to move patients from one point to the other; I think ambulances are very useful as it has come in timely,”he said.
Mr Otega Ogre, the Head of Corporate Communications, Bua Group, said that Okowa’s administration had done a lot in the fight against COVID-19, adding that the ambulances were Bua Group’s contributions to assist the state in the fight against the global pandemic.
He then presented the keys of the ambulances to the governor.