The Aba Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA) recently donated palliative materials to the Abia State Government, to help cushion the effect of the 'sit-at-home' order and lockdown in Abia State. The lockdown is to help curtail the rate of spread of COVID-19 pandemic within the state.
Making the donation on behalf of ACCIMA, the President of Aba Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA), Sir Lawrence C. N. Obetta JP, said the Palliative materials were sourced with financial and material donations from members, as well as the executive committee of ACCIMA. He said it was ACCIMA's token contribution towards the State Government's effort to alleviate the impact of the 'lockdown' on the masses in Abia State.
The items which included 50 Cartons of Noodles, 10 Bags of 50kg Rice, 25 Cartons of Soap and 2 Cartons of Hand Sanitizers were handed over to the Chairman of the Abia State COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Committee, Barr. Chris Ezem.
Sir Obetta said that Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, who is also a grand patron of ACCIMA, has been proactive in managing the pandemic from spreading to other parts of the state and it would be unwise not to support him.
He reckoned that over 70% of Nigerians need palliative at this point in time, and therefore everyone should contribute their widow's mite, no matter how little, to support the vulnerable.
The ACCIMA boss revealed that apart from the palliatives items donated to the State Government, the Aba Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA) has also contributed to State's Food Bank with items raging from bags of beans, bags of rice, tinned tomatoes, groundnut oil, cartons of geisha, cartons of soaps, bottled water, liquid soap dispenser units, among others. These are to be distributed to the less privileged and vulnerable in the society, including Motherless Babies Homes as well as the Aba Correctional Centre (Aba Prisons).
While calling on Abia indigenes to obey government lockdown directives, observe personal hygiene and social distancing, Sir Obetta thanked ACCIMA members for their gesture and appealed to other organizations to roll out their Corporate Responsibility to the State Government and the needy, so that all will come out of COVID-19 alive.
In his response the Chairman of the Abia State COVID-19 Inter-Ministerial Committee who also doubles as the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Chris Ezem, thanked ACCIMA for their kind gesture, saying that this period is indeed a trying time for every government, family and household.
Ezem said the support of ACCIMA was very special to him, as it is not just about the quantum or quantity of items that were donated, but the thought to join in the struggle. He thanked ACCIMA and prayed God to bless them.
Present at the event were the President of Umuahia Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (UCCIMA) Chief Chidi Nkem-Aruoma, ACCIMA vice president, Membership/Chairman of ACCIMA Covid 19 Relief Committee, Sir Chris Agbo, Ag. Executive Secretary and other Exco members of ACCIMA.