The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it has donated ambulance, buses, and some medical equipment, including ventilators and a sum of N30 million to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
While receiving the materials from the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said the Federal Government requires the cooperation of all and sundry, corporate bodies and individuals, in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mustapha commended NIMASA and advised other organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate NIMASA and support the efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic, so that Nigerians could live their normal lives again.
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.
He said the NIMASA 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.
“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.
“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,” said Jamoh who was represented by Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office of the Agency, Mr. Zailani Musa Attah.
NIMASA extended its humanitarian gesture to Anambra State, where it equally donated medical materials for use in the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and treat those already infected.