Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has appealed to the people of the state to continue to support the efforts of the State Government to check the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking at the Government House Port Harcourt when he received food donations from Dufil Prima Foods Plc , producers of Indomie Noodles, Governor Wike said it is better to be alive, than to die seeking food.
Governor Wike was represented by the Rivers State Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Bariere Thomas.
He said: “We are aware that the COVID-19 is what we didn’t expect, but as Christians we are prayful believing that the situation is not going to last forever. So we are calling on our people to cooperate with the government and remain at home.
” It is better to stay hungry and be alive than to die while eating . We expect our people to cooperate with government even as we remain prayerful.”
Governor Wike said the food donations will get to the less privileged.
“We want to assure you that the materials will be distributed to the needy . We also want to say that your company and other non-governmental organizations are equally expected to join hands with the government ensure that the hard time they face is handled.
“Let me on behalf of the governor of Rivers State and the good people of the state thank the Dufil Prima Food Plc for responding timely to the situation we have at hand”, he stated.
The Governor said that he understands the hardship the people pass through, but pointed out that the sacrifice is necessary to defeat coronavirus.
He said: “We are all aware of the order of government for our people to stay at home. The government is not equally unaware of the hard time we are facing as a result of this order,that is one of the reasons why we are most grateful for your company for considering this donation.”
Head of Administration of Dufil Prima Foods Plc , Mr Chinedum Wali said that the food donation is aimed at assisting the less privileged as they sit-at-home.
He said: “We are all aware about the coronavirus that is spreading across the country and the world. On behalf of the management , we have brought a token to assist and support the less privileged.
“With the situation and the lock down, we brought this to assist the needy. We have one thousand cartons of noodles and five hundred cartons of pastas.”