In a bid to support and encourage men of the Nigerian Police Force to stay safe while enforcing the lockdown order during the ravaging coronavirus in the State, an industrialist, Prince Mendy Archibong has donated 1,000 nose masks to the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Force.
The donation was made on Friday, May 1, at the Police State Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia.
Presenting the items to the Police Public Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom State, Fredrick Nnudam, the donor and Managing Director of Good Time Paint and Allied Products Industrial Limited, Prince Mendy Archibong, said he was moved to carry out the gesture owing to a news report he read from a tabloid that the State Police Force does not have supplementary budget to get supplies of nose masks and other protective equipment hence, rely on support from members of the public to provide their men with protective items.
Represented by Abasifreke Effiong, Prince Archibong noted that the role played by men of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies play in the enforcement of the lockdown places them in a position of vulnerability.
He said in a bid to contribute towards flattening the curve of COVID-19, it is imperative to support those whose nature of job makes them more vulnerable to the virus.
Prince Archibong said the choice of donating locally made nose mask stems from reports and controversies surrounding the one imported from China.
While praying for the battle against COVID-19 to be won soonest, the Industrialist urged men of the police force to contribute their quota by adhering to safety precautions towards ending the spread of the virus.
Receiving the donation, the Police Public Relations Officer, in Akwa Ibom State, Fredrick Nnudam thanked the Managing Director of Good Time Paint and Allied Products Industrial Limited, Prince Mendy Archibong for his public spirit towards stemming the spread of novel Coronavirus in the State.
The PPRO applauded the gesture, assuring that the donation will be communicated to the Police Commissioner, while pledging that the nose masks would be appropriately distributed to policemen who are on the duty to enforce lockdown.
He added ” We deeply appreciate you for deeming it necessary especially at this critical time of the nation to support the Nigerian Police. This shows clearly that you appreciate the essential service the police renders during this critical period. We pray the resources you use for this gesture be replenished”.
Archibong, a Port Harcourt based industrialist and indigene of Ikpe Mbak Eyop in Obot Akara local government area, has been at the vanguard of supporting the Akwa Ibom state government’s effort in containing COVID-19 in the state.
He had previously donated hand sanitizers and disinfectants and had sponsored community health specialists to sensitize students and teachers in rural schools in the state on COVID-19 and standard hygiene.
Archibong had equally donated food items to widows in Obot Akara local government to support the state government palliative.
Credit: Ekemini Simon