From left: Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Rabiu Olowo, Director General the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and the state’s Commissioner of Transport, Frederic Oladeinde, during the presentation of vessels, protective gears and other medical equipment to the Lagos State Government in support of the fight against the spread of COVID- 19 pandemic in Lagos, Tuesday.

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The Director General, of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh led other top executive management of the agency to present a number of medical equipment and items including ventilators, ambulance, buses and response vessels to the Lagos state Government towards the fight against the spread of COVID 19 in line with the agency’s earlier pledge.

This is in keeping with the earlier promise made by the agency to donate the items as part of its modest contribution towards curtailing the spread of the dreaded pandemic currently ravaging the world with dire social and economic consequences.

 While presenting the items to the Governor of Lagos, Dr. Jamoh stated that the agency felt it necessary to make the donations to Lagos as the state remains the nerve centre for the control of the virus in Nigeria. He commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for being proactive in his response to the pandemic.

“I want to commend Mr. Governor, for his exemplary leadership in the management of this pandemic, we as a regulatory Agency felt it was necessary to support the state as responsible tenants of Lagos and we hope this would go a long way in our collective effort in fighting COVID-19”, Jamoh said.

The DG also disclosed that along with the items the Agency is also assisting the Lagos state Government with a sum of 20 million naira, adding that the donations from the Agency are not limited to Lagos alone as all geopolitical zones would benefit from the Agency’s humanitarian gesture.

“Our donations are not limited to Lagos alone, this is just the flag-off, we will also make donations to other states affected and as well ensure that all geopolitical zones of the country benefit; this we will continue to do as we fight against this deadly scourge”, he said.

Commenting on the vessels that were made available to the state, the NIMASA DG stated that it would assist the state in promptly responding to incidents in the coastal states for anchorage evacuation if need be, and that the crew on board are volunteer staffers of the agency who have been trained on manning the Fast Intervention Vessels.

Dr. Jamoh also appreciated the Federal Government for its timely response to the pandemic stating that the Government has created roles for the necessary agencies to fight the scourge. He particularly commended the efforts of the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC in responding to infected persons as he also appealed to the media to play their roles in sensitising the public stressing that everyone has a role to play in the fight against the pandemic.

He also charged the media to rally round the relevant agencies both foreign and local in terms of spreading necessary information that would help curtail the spread of the virus.

The agency also disclosed that there are handy volunteers from the agency and experts ready to work with the government in the use of fire engines for fumigation purposes.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Rabiu Olowo, who received the items on behalf of the state, said the government was overwhelmed by the goodwill and support from NIMASA.

“This is most welcomed and on behalf of the governor and the good people of Lagos State, I say thank you. As you are all aware Lagos State is the epic center of this pandemic in Nigeria. Everyone is fighting this pandemic across the globe.”

“We have seen the response of the State to this and the true leadership of Mr. Governor to fighting this. This donation will go a long way in supporting and complementing the state effort towards fighting this Pandemic,” he said.

Items handed over to Lagos State Government included ventilators, ambulance, Fast Intervention Vessels, buses, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment PPE and hand sanitisers, among others.