The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has joined the national campaign against the spread of the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country with a donation of 20 ventilators and the sum of N50 million.
Announcing the donation in Lagos Sunday, the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the sum of N30 million goes to the Federal Government Committee on Covid-19 Intervention while N20 million is in aid of the Lagos State Government’s efforts at controlling the spread of the virus.
NIMASA also made available six of its fast intervention vessels to facilitate transport logistics in the maritime sector, just as volunteers from the agency will be joining the first responders from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos and other states in managing the spread of the pandemic.
“The coronavirus pandemic is upon humanity. It came suddenly upon a virtually unprepared world and demands drastic action from all and sundry to contain it and salvage our common humanity,” a statement by the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, quoted Jamoh to say.
“We are concerned about the effect of the pandemic on the socio-economic life of the country, especially at a time that NIMASA, Nigeria’s maritime industry regulator, is driving a Blue Economy campaign to make maritime a key part of the nation’s economic diversification agenda.”
The agency has also volunteered four fully equipped, brand new ambulances, four Hilux trucks and four 36-seater coaster buses to support and facilitate land-based logistics in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Kaduna states.
Other medical equipment includes 60 beds, 20 patient ICU monitors, 20 oxygen concentrator, 10 infusion pump, 10 syringe pump, 20 oxygen-giving set, 10 suction machine and 100 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE).
“This is our little contribution to aid the robust efforts of the federal and state governments to fight the virus. It is our token of love, concern for Nigerians and a gesture of appreciation to the authorities’ proactive measures in this collective fight against a common enemy,” Jamoh added.