Cross-State government is a cap in hand shopping for funds to fight COVID-19 as organisations and individuals throw in support.
So far, the state remains one of the two COVID-19 free states in the country and is soliciting for funds to sustain the fight.
Recently, the State’s Commissioner of Health and Chairman COVID-19 Committee, Betta Edu had in a press briefing raised alarm over the paucity of funds saying that apart from the N500 million from the state and few organisations, the Federal Government has not given the state any money and even the N900 million from the 18 local government areas of the state has not been received.
In view of this, secretary to the state government and Chairman COVID-19 Fund Raising and Resource Mobilisation Committee, Tina Agbor appealed for financial and material donations from corporate organisations, well- meaning individuals and groups to the state government. Agbor made the renewed appeal in her office in Calabar yesterday while receiving an N2 million cheque donation from the management of First City Monument Bank (FCMB).
In a similar development, university don, Ekanem Ekanem of the University of Port Harcourt has donated foodstuffs to the underprivileged members of his community, Ikot Nakanda, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state in a bid to ameliorate the hardship occasioned by COVID-19.
Speaking at the ceremony, the spokesperson of the donor, Akanimo Offiong said the action was borne out of passion and concern for the well-being of indignant locals whose sources of livelihood have been affected by lockdown measures adopted to curtail the pandemic.
Similarly, the Ben Akak Foundation which has been in the forefront of dishing out palliatives to the less privileged, government, NUJ and traditional rulers took the palliatives and COVID-19 awareness campaign to Okwa and Ekajuk communities in Odukpani and Ogoja councils of the state. Items distributed included rice, tomatoes, vegetable oil, face masks, sanitizers and others.