* As Governor praises university for locating its Teaching Hospital in Imo
By Saby Onyenwe, Owerri
Augustine Uwakwe, a professor and Acting Vice Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, in Abia State, has led a delegation with gifts of mercy to the Hope Uzodinma-led government in Imo State to help it to give in a frontal battle to the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.
Imo State government has been battling to prevent the spread of corona virus in the state, this as the state government has continued to attract support and partnership from corporate bodies and organizations operating both within and outside the Imo State.
Individuals, charitable organizations, and companies have since February 27, 2020 when the COVID-19 crept into the country made various donations both in cash and in kind to the state government.
Now, a delegation from the Gregory University, Uturu (GUU), led by Uwakwe has delivered 250 COVID-19 Test Kits, two Thermal Digital Infra-Red Thermometers, 600 bottles of GUU Comprehensive Hand Sanitizers, 150 bottles of GUU Sniff-Sniff, 50 bottles of GUU Herbal Honey, 50 bottles of GUU Adonis Yellow, 50 cartons of instant noodles and 100 pieces of nose masks.
The delegation also comprised the GUU fumigation team, kitted with chemicals for decontamination of public places for four days as part of efforts to help the state in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov Uzodimma thanked the University and its Chancellor, Gregory Ibe, a professor for the gifts and show of love and support given to the State at this trying time.
Uzodimma described the chancellor and proprietor of the University as a worthy son who has always been available anytime there is a challenge confronting the South East, not only through financial support, but also services.
Assuring the management of the institution that their donation would be put to good use, the governor reiterated his resolve to fight the corona virus disease to a standstill in the state by engaging in proactive and resourceful measures.
He used the opportunity to call on citizens of the state to take seriously government’s directives on Covid-19 response, stating that it is the only panacea for preventing and containing the virus from spreading.
He expressed appreciation to the University Management for citing their teaching Hospital in the state and assured them of the unalloyed support of Imo State government.
“Going forward, our relationship as a government and as a people with Gregory University will be mutually beneficial”, Uzodinma said.
Uwakwe, who led the delegation had delivered the felicitations of the Chancellor and proprietor of the GUU, Ibe to Uzodimma on his emergence as Governor of Imo State, saying as part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme that saw the management partner with Abia State Government in providing palliatives to mitigate the harmful effect of the scourge on the citizens, they deemed it wise to extend same to their sister state, Imo to assist in the ongoing war against Covid-19 in the state.
The Ag Vice-Chancellor promised that apart from the items already donated, the University would extend to the people of Imo State the anticipated outcome and benefits of the findings of their research team, which is currently embarking on extensive investigation on Covid-19 with the aim of identifying and proposing globally accepted remedies.