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The O. B. Lulu Briggs Foundation right this moment started to distribute 5,000 luggage of rice and 5,000 bottles of 500ml hand sanitizers to communities in Rivers State. This is the primary section of its intervention to assist mitigate the challenges being skilled by weak households on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chiefs and elders of Abonnema, Obonoma and Buguma on Monday acquired the meals and private hygiene objects for his or her communities.

In her assertion, Mrs Ineba Tongkam, the Foundation’s Program Coordinator, defined that the objects are to be distributed to the aged and weak. She stated, “On behalf of Dr Mrs Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs, the Chairman and the board of the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation, I want to express our gratitude to the leadership shown by the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyesom Wike, in leading our State in the global fight against coronavirus and ensuring that the health and well-being of our people are protected.”

“It’s not an easy time for families, especially those whose livelihoods and food security were already at risk before various policies were put in place to stem the transmission of COVID-19 both in Nigeria and Rivers State. In addition to distributing 5,000 bags of rice, we are also donating 5,000 bottles of 500ml hand sanitizers to stop the spread of the virus.”

Mrs. Tongkam defined that this preliminary donation would, within the coming days, be prolonged to the Police, the Army, Port Harcourt and Degema Prisons, in addition to important sanitation workers who maintain public areas clear. According to her, the benefitting communities on this first section are: Abonnema, Buguma, Obonoma, Krakrama, Okpo, Ilelema, Bakana, Harry’s Town and Degema. She stated later within the week, the following section in partnership with UNICEF which can contact 5 communities in every of the State’s 23 native authorities areas can be introduced.

Dr. Guy Marie Yogo, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Office, Rivers State, stated that UNICEF was conscious that many individuals had been going via a whole lot of ache on account of COVID19 as a result of pervading poverty and that it was the explanation UNICEF was partnering the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation. Stating that the purpose is to foster a transformative partnership that might change individuals’s lives. “We are fortunate that the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation is one of the credible partners of UNICEF. The initiative being taken by the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation is a very welcome initiative that UNICEF supports with its value and credibility to make a difference in communities and in the lives of people,” he stated.

In Buguma, Chief C.P.D Amachree, flanked by different Chiefs and elders thanked the Foundation for the love and care it has at all times demonstrated in the direction of the Kalabari individuals and all the individuals of Rivers State. In Abonnema, Most Senior Apostle General Iwowari Black Duke, stated, “We are very glad that our mother Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs has made the community to rejoice. We are very happy.”

Established 18 years in the past to honor and institutionalize the prolific giving of the late revered statesman and philanthropist, High Chief (Dr) O.B. Lulu-Briggs, the Foundation carries out interventions which have a direct constructive affect within the high quality of the lives and livelihoods of these in absolute want via 5 programmes, Care for Life; Free Medical Missions; Access to Clean Water and Sanitation; Education and Scholarships, and Microcredit and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs, the Foundation’s Chairman, gave the peace of mind that as a accountable company citizen, the Foundation will proceed to advertise public good. She thanked UNICEF for its partnership at the moment of maximum world adversity and hailed well being staff and caregivers on the frontlines of the pandemic for his or her sacrifices and dedication. Dr. Mrs. Lulu-Briggs additionally referred to as for larger understanding from most people in upholding well being and security advisories which might be in place to advertise their wellbeing.

Mr. David Amonia Amachree
Press Officer, O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation
13th April, 2020

Photos: Distribution of O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation’s COVID-19 Palliatives in Buguma, Asari Toru LGA, Abonnema and Obonoma in Akuku Toru LGA of Rivers State.

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