In this very COVID 19 crisis, just as the President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo charged; corporate bodies need to demonstrate their citizenship responsibility by making available resources to communities and the country at large, to combat the disease.
This call, has resonated with the GNPC Foundation, as they extend their support to traders in Central Business district of Takoradi, popularly known as market circle.
Sanitary items including soaps, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, tissue, veronica buckets were donated to the traders today.
The veronica buckets number 20 are to be planted at all entry points into the market and at other advantage points. A total of 400 hand sanitizers, 20 units of 5 liter- liquid soaps, and packets of tissues and bins were handed over through the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly to the leadership of the market.
Executive Director for the GNPC Foundation, Dr. Dominic Eduah explained that they had to intervene given the threat the pandemic poses to the country. He feared their goal of impacting the lives of 10 million people within their five year agenda, is equally threatened by the COVID 19 pandemic, hence the need to take precautionary measures to combat it.
“We kept asking ourselves- where are we going to get that 10 million people, if we don’t stop this pandemic? So a decision came up, as far as GNPC is concerned to support the campaign in the form of donation” he said.
He added that the gesture would be extended to other parts of the country.
“We hope to do same in other markets in the Western Region and across the country”
Asked if there are plans to replenish these consumables, Dr. Eduah answered “we already have thought about that, and we will deliver”.
Minister for Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Mrs. Barbara Oteng Gyesi indicated that government has identified the market place as a flash spot, which require a definite and critical attention, should any preventive measure be operationalized and sustained.
“…its important we forestall the spread of the virus, and we know that our market is a major place for congregation now. Therefore it is important that we educate them as to the actions they could take to protect themselves and the public who come to the market to do business.
“We believe that if we are able to do this, we will protect ourselves from the virus and that ensure that the country is not overwhelmed by the numbers who might fall sick and that way, we can take very good care of them, and then rid ourselves of this virus” she mentioned.
Secretary to Cloth Sellers Association at the market, Madam Cecilia Ama Ansah who received the items on behalf of the traders, was very appreciative of the gesture from GNPC Foundation.
“We are very grateful to GNPC Foundation. Initially, we were of the notion that the disease was far away and will never get to us but in no time it has gotten to us” she said with some relief.