From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
BUA Foundation, on Monday, donated three ambulances to the Rivers state government to support its continued fight against the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The State Governor, Nyesom Wike, personally received the vehicles presented by the Executive Director of BUA Foundation, Khalifa Rabiu, at Government House, Port Harcourt
Speaking on the commitment of the government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, Governor Wike said that the increased testing of prospective COVID-19 patients in the state is a commitment to save more lives.
“The more we test, the more the number will increase and we are willing to continue to test. Let our people know that this is not the kind of sickness to be ashamed of. Nobody knows who you have shook hands with.
“In Rivers State, we have lost not less than 38 lives on the record. Nobody will be happy that each day you wake up, you hear that somebody, probably a bread winner of the family, is no longer there because of COVID-19 pandemic.
“In fact, I have given a directive that all staff of Government House must go for testing, nobody knows who is a carrier and we must save everybody as much as we can,” he said.
Governor Wike applauded the sustained support from BUA Foundation to the Rivers state government, particularly, at this period of COVID-19 pandemic.
He regretted that most companies in the state are only interested in making profit but would not support the government to save lives.
“BUA group has not only come to support us at this critical period but they have shown that really, they are part and parcel of the state. I sincerely commend you.
“So many companies shy away from identifying with the state where they operate because of lack of understanding. Making profit alone is what is important to them but to support government to save life is very difficult for them.
“You have donated to the Rivers state government the sum of N100 million before, you have given us a lorry load of other items. Today, you have given us three life support ambulances.
“I want to sincerely say that Rivers state government will continue to identify with you and to make sure that we make the environment easy for you to continue to do your business.
“All those who are here and not supporting us to save lives in the state should not also expect to get cooperation from the Rivers state government. Those I consider as brothers and sisters are persons who identify with me when I’m in trouble.
“Do not relent in supporting the government of the state. This is where you’re doing business. We are a peaceful people and have fought insecurity to the lowest ebb. You can attest to the fact today that, apart to COVID-19, Rivers state is safe,” he added.
Earlier, the Executive Director, BUA Foundation, Khalifa Rabiu, expressed appreciation to Governor Wike for creating conducive business environment for their operations.
He noted his company had donated N100 million and a lorry load of COVID-19 preventive items plus the three ambulances they have presented today.
Mr. Rabiu said the donation is a show of their support to the Rivers state government to enable it succeed in the fight against COVID-19.