By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya received on behalf of Gombe state Government, a donation of three fully equipped Ambulances and 50,000 reusable facemasks from BUA Foundation, a charity arm of BUA International Group on Monday.
This was made known in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli.
Governor Yahaya while receiving the items, commended BUA Group’s humanitarian gesture and steady efforts in supporting the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the foundation’s tremendous support in Nigeria ever since the setting in of COVID-19 pandemic about a year ago has been remarkable.
Governor Yahaya described the donation of the medical vehicles and facemasks as apt and timely, especially in view of the resurgence of the COVID-19 when more efforts are now needed to stem the tide of the pandemic.
He assured that the items donated will be put to good use.
The Governor used the opportunity to invite BUA Group to take advantage of numerous business potentials in Gombe state and come and invest, saying Gombe is endowed with solid minerals and vast land for industrial and agricultural activities.
In his remarks, Chairman of BUA Group International, Abdussamad Isiaka Rabi’u, represented by the Director Government Relations, Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong said BUA foundation is the humanitarian arm of BUA International Group that channels its annual profit savings towards helping the needy individuals and institutions.
Dr. Hong said the foundation has expended about N8 billion in support of the federal and state governments as well as other charity organisations in the fight against Coronavirus as well as in mitigating the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.
He said, “The Chairman of this foundation, Alhaji Abdussamad Isiaka Rabiu would have loved to come to Gombe himself to witness the laudable achievements and giant strides of your administration which you have recorded within short period of your stewardship, but could not make it due to other exigencies but he promised coming in no distant time”.
” These ambulances we are donating today are convenient and are fully equipped with every facilities for the conveyance of patients, specifically for covid-19 and are also suitable for other medical emergencies “.
The former minister of health explained to the Governor that, “our intention is to assist the state with 100, 000 face masks in addition to the ambulances, but we brought with us 50,000 pieces for now and will make up the balance and will also bring other items as soon as the contractor supplies them”.
Present at the occasion were the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau who is also the Chairman of Gombe state Covid-19 Management Committee, Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioners, Special Advisers, PPS and other top Government functionaries.