By Olanipekun Yinka
In a bid to further ensure the well being of Nigerians as lock down continues, the Petroluem Association of Nigeria (PETAN) together with Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) recently donated food palliatives to 10 members host communities in Rivers State.
The Chairman of PETAN, Mr. Nik Odinuwe said, the move, was part of PETAN and NCDMB efforts in helping the government stop the spread of COVID-19 and aid residents in cushioning the effect of the lockdown in the state.
Odinuwe made it known that PETAN discovered that the current lockdown has made it very difficult for many Nigerians to make ends means due to government directives to stay at home.
He said “ as responsible corporate organization, we deem it wise to assist government to curtail the spread of the virus.the initiative to give out food items was inspired by the need to provide succour to the communities, as many of those who survive on daily earning from their work and farms, can no longer work due to the stay at home directive by the state government geared towards ending COVID-19 Pandemic.
Also the COVID-19 support committee chairman, Chief Dr Emi Membere-Otaji made it known that the food presentation was the second phase of donations by PETAN, stressing the need for people to adhere to the safety measures recommended by Federal, State governments and World Health Organization (WHO).
The items donated include gari, rice, indomie noodles, vegetable oil, tomatoes, sanitizers and face masks.
It was noted that the beneficial communities within Port-Harcourt in the first phase were; Elekahia, Oginigba, Nkpogu, Amadi-Ama, Woji, Azuabie, Rumuodara, Rumuigbo, Elelenwo and Abuloma Communities.