The Uyo Town Old Boys Foundation, a socio-cultural group, has donated over 5000 branded face and shield masks to individuals, groups, traders, state and federal institutions in Akwa Ibom State. This gesture presents as a continuation to its charity works to curb the spread of the Corona virus pandemic in the state.
The latest to enjoy the benevolence of the group is the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom State Command. Others are the State’s Task force on COVID-19 through the Commissioner for Information, the Immigration Services, through the State Comptroller, Association of Timber Market, Itiam Etoi, Uyo, and others.
The President of the organization, Mr Eugene Ekanem, accompanied by Mr Mr Ofon Ukim -Vice President; Elder Ubong Inwang – Secretary; Mr Ifiok Umana – Treasurer; Mr Mfon Ituh – Assistant Organising Secretary; and Akparawa Anietie Ekpo – Director of Protocol made the presentation to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal at the command headquarters, Ikot Akpanabia recently.
Mr Ekanem, speaking at the occasion, commended the Police Commissioner, Mr Edgal, for the gallant way he has handled and coordinated the general security of the state during the pandemic.
He said this necessitated the gesture by the organization to donate shield and face masks to the police considering their daily exposures to other members of the public.
In his response, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, thanked the President and members of the Uyo Town Old Boys Foundation for their charity works in the society and called on other bodies to emulate such good gestures.
It could be recalled that during a similar presentation of personal protective materials to the State Immigration Service, the Comptroller, Mr Livingstone Amadi, while thanking the Uyo Town Old Boys Foundation for its magnanimity, hinted of plans by them to build a Personnel Resource Centre in Akwa Ibom.
According Mr Amadi, the resource centre is to be built as soon as land is acquired for the project and appealed to the State government to assist in the allocation of land.
“I wish to inform you that we are in need of land to build a resource centre. We appeal to the state government to assist us as this will be plus to the operations of the immigration service in the training of personnel,” the comptroller stated.