An oil servicing company, Grafen Integrated Oilfield Services has joined the list of organizations that has donated palliatives in A’Ibom State to cushion the effect of the lockdown caused by COVID -19.
The company made the donation of the items in the presence of the constituted Eket Action Committee on Covid-19 on Tuesday, to the physically challenged in their operational base in Eket.
IReporters reports that the items donated included rice, beans, noodles, garri and other basic condiments.
Speaking during the presentation, Mr, Iniobong Esuene, General Manager of the firm, who brought greetings from Sen. Helen Esuene, Chairman/CEO of Grafen, said the gesture is geared towards aiding the physically challenged, who are the most vulnerable set of humans, feed during this period.
Mr. Esuene stated that Grafen Services as an indigenous company will always rise to the occasion, to contribute their quota in times like this as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the people.
“As an indigenous oil firm, we will always contribute our quota to the building of our society and will also carter for the wellbeing of the people in times like this”
He narrated that the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the society should be collective, as organizations and government cannot do it all to satisfy the people.
Reacting on the gesture, the Vice Chairman of the constituted Eket Action Committee on Covid-19, Hon. Ekanem Willie, expressed the committee’s appreciation to the oil firm for thinking of the physically challenged at a time of this pandemic.
Willie, a former deputy head of Eket Local Government council, stressed that the oil firm is the first oil servicing company, operating within the shores of Eket, to provide for the people to cushion the effect of the Lockdown caused by the pandemic.
Willie charged the beneficiaries of the palliatives to adhere strictly to the laid down protocol of social distancing, consistent washing of hands with soap and water or sanitizers, while also giving them hope that the pandemic will surely be a thing of the past.
The beneficiaries in their reaction through Mr. Imoh Johnson, President of the Physically challenged persons in Eket, thanked the oil servicing company for thinking in their direction and not playing politics with the distribution of the palliatives.
Johnson said there is a need for organizations to mimic the gesture of Grafen Integrated Oilfield Services towards ameliorating the sufferings of the people as a result of the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus.