NIMASA Donates N30m to Federal Government to fight COVID-19 Pandemic.


Lockdown Not To Abuse Nigerians’ Fundamental Human Rights -SGF



Sandra Ukele

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said the lockdown is not intended to trample on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

Mr. Mustapha who is also the Chairman  Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 iterated the move is to trace infected persons and curb the futher spread of the virus.

Speaking to volunteer personnel from the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Abuja who delivered ambulance, buses, medical equipment which includes ventilators, rapid test kits, sanitizers, the SGF reaffirmed the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic requires the cooperation of all and sundry, corporate bodies and individuals.

In his words:

“I wish to restate that this is a war on Nigeria and the Federal Government. In conjunction with other stakeholders (we) will continue to do all it takes to win this war as we are more prepared than ever before to ensure we protect the lives of our citizens.

“Let me encourage Nigerians to endure this lockdown order as it is not intended to trample on their fundamental human rights, rather it is to assist Government trace infected persons and curb the spread. In no distant time, we will all go back to our normal lives.”

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the Agency was deploying its existing facilities, such as fast intervention vessels, ambulances, and buses, among others, to support the efforts by the Federal and State Governments to solve a national medical emergency that requires all hands on deck.

The materials donated included ventilators, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment, rapid test kits, and hand sanitisers, as well as a cash donation of N30 million.

Speaking at the presentation of the materials, Jamoh praised the Federal Government’s proactive steps to contain the pandemic. He declared that COVID-19 was a challenge Nigeria must overcome, saying he is satisfied to see that the Agency’s existing facilities are coming in handy in the attempt to contain the outbreak.

The Director-General, who was represented by Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office of the Agency, Mr. Zailani Musa Attah, stated,

“We at NIMASA have decided to deploy our extant capacities and facilities in the fight against this pandemic.

“We did not invest new funds in purchasing these ambulances and buses. We simply deployed them to fight this common enemy. 

“COVID-19 is a common enemy and all hands must be on deck to win the war against it at this critical time in the country’s history.

“We have had to readjust our priorities to contribute our quota to the urgent need to get Nigeria out of this national emergency.”   

Jamoh added, “I wish to commend the efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and your dexterity in ensuring Nigeria is totally free from this virus. As a responsible Agency, we will continue to support government’s efforts across the board and I am confident that collectively, we will win this fight with the help of the Almighty.”

Pix1: L-R: Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office NIMASA, Mr. Zailani Musa Attah, representing the DG, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sir Olusegun Adekunle; and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, during the presentation and donation of medical facilities and equipment in Abuja recently.

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