The Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), Maritime branch, has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N5.5 million in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the maritime industry.
The General Secretary of the association, Mr Akinola Bodunde, made this known on Tuesday while distributing the materials.
He informed that the donation was the second phase of the association's distribution of PPE which kick-started last week with the Eastern ports of Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Onne.
He listed the materials as 100 cartons of sanitisers, 30 cartons of vitamin C that contains 96 piece each and 3,000 nose masks; all worth N5.5 million.
He said, the donation has the backing of the President of the association; Mr Abubakar Abdullahi who was unavoidably absent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restriction on inter-state movements.
According to him, ``as a union, we have people that we represent and they pay dues and this is the only way we can give back to them and ensure that they are protected during this COVID-19 pandemic.
``The union partnered with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) management to cushion further spread of COVID-19 in the port location,'' he said.
Bodunde added that the association also extended the distribution of the materials to non-contributors.
He further informed that in the first phase which took place in April, the association donated N4m worth of equipment to the ports in Lagos and Eastern ports.
Present at the distribution of the materials are: Mr Fredrick Ochonogor, Lagos Area Coordinator; Mr Joseph Obieme, First Trustee; Mrs Elizabeth David, Ex Official; and Mr Peter Kalio-Mordecai, 2nd Vice President.