As part of efforts to cushion the economic effect of the coronavirus, The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it has began the distribution of and relief materials and medical supplies to nine states under the commission.
This was disclosed through a statement by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili, on Friday, where he said the commission’s acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, had begun the coronavirus relief project in Port Harcourt.
“Funds given to the states were utilized for the procurement of medical equipment, such as special diagnostic equipment and critical care equipment like ventilators and consumables.
“Others are various food items, beverages, sanitary materials and disinfectants. In addition, funds were also given to women and youth groups as palliatives.“We also gave support to the physically challenged with wheelchairs and crutches as well as funded sensitization and public enlightenment campaigns in the Niger Delta.”
He also said that the commission was dedicated to providing support to the state government in revamping the health sector and providing quality health care.
“We know that the disease has affected the socio-economic wellbeing of the people, especially as most small and medium scale businesses have been affected with the lockdown in the states.
“NDDC looks forward to strengthening relationship with the states in the area of healthcare and wellbeing of residents.
“The good relationship between state governments in the region offers opportunity for synergy to providing lasting solution to the socio-economic challenges of people in the region.
The nine states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.Photo Credit: Getty