COVID-19: NDDC donates N1bn to 9 N’Delta States

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) announced the donation of N1.045 billion to the nine states of the Niger Delta region to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region.

Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Managing Director, NDDC, announced this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Harcourt, by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili.

Pondei, who directed immediate of NDDC operations in the states, said the fund soon be released to authorities in the states.

“The interventionist agency will make available N775 million to support the nine states under mandate.

“Also, additional N270 million will be released to fast-track the establishment of isolation centres in the 27 senatorial districts across the region.

He said the commission was also collaborating with stakeholders in the area of treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“We are exploring avenues to see if we could intervene in providing ventilators facilitate the procurement of oxygen.

“We are also looking at the drugs that have been used so far in other climes for treatment. NDDC going a step ahead of what others are doing,” Pondei added.

The managing director said the total of NDDC operations on March 30, was due to growing concerns over increasing new infections.

According to him, directors, as well as of units of security, plant operators other essential workers provide skeletal services during the . (NAN)