(Silas Ofori) – The O.B. Lulu Briggs Foundation has commenced the distribution of 5,000 bags of rice and 5,000 bottles of 500ml hand sanitizers to the elderly and vulnerable members of communities in Rivers state.
Speaking at the commencement of the exercise on Monday at Abonnema, Obonoma and Buguma communities in Rivers State, Mrs. Ineba Tongkam, the Foundation’s Program Coordinator, who represented Dr. Mrs. Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs, the Chairman and the board of the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation lauded Governor Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State for leading the State in the global fight against coronavirus and ensuring that the health and well-being of the people are protected.
She further declared:
“It’s not an easy time for families, especially those whose livelihoods and food security were already at risk before various policies were put in place to stem the transmission of COVID-19 both in Nigeria and Rivers State. In addition to distributing 5,000 bags of rice, we are also donating 5,000 bottles of 500ml hand sanitizers to stop the spread of the virus.”
Mrs. Tongkam explained that this initial donation would, in the coming days, be extended to the Police, the Army, Port Harcourt and Degema Prisons, as well as essential sanitation staff who keep public areas clean.
According to her, the benefitting communities in this first phase are: Abonnema, Buguma, Obonoma, Krakrama, Okpo, Ilelema, Bakana, Harry’s Town and Degema, even as she added that, the next phase of the exercise which would be in partnership with UNICEF would take them to 5 communities in each of the 23 local government areas of Rivers state.
In his remarks, Dr. Guy Marie Yogo, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Office, Rivers State, has said that UNICEF was aware that many people were going through a lot of pain because of the restrictions to check the spread of coronavirus and that UNICEF was partnering the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation to alleviate the emergent stress and poverty among the people.
“We are fortunate that the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation is one of the credible partners of UNICEF. The initiative being taken by the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation is a very welcome one that UNICEF supports with its value and credibility to make a difference in communities and in the lives of people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs, the Foundation’s Chairman, has assured that the Foundation will continue to promote public good, even as she thanked UNICEF for its partnership at this time of extreme global adversity. She commended health workers and caregivers at the front lines in the fight against the pandemic for their sacrifices and dedication.
Dr. Mrs. Lulu-Briggs also called for greater understanding from the general public in upholding health and safety advisories that are in place to promote their well being.
At the event in Buguma, Chief C.P.D Amachree, flanked by other Chiefs and elders thanked the Foundation for the love and care it has always demonstrated towards the people of Kalabari and the entire Rivers State, while in his response at Abonnema, Most Senior Apostle General Iwowari Black Duke praised Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs for making the community to rejoice.