The senior staff union of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), Maritime branch has distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth over N9.5 million to its members within two weeks.
The leadership of the union said the first phase of the distribution was carried out in April in the Eastern Ports and at the headquarters in Marina, Lagos.
The union while giving out the second phase of the protective equipment in Lagos on Wednesday, said the gesture was borne out of its concern for the health of its members.
In both exercises, the union distributed a total of 150 cartons of sanitizers, 70 cartons of Vitamin C and about 5,500 pieces of nose masks and hand gloves.
Speaking with our correspondent after the distribution, the General Secretary of SSASCGOC, Maritime branch, Akinola Bodunde, said it was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the association.
Bodunde added that there was need for the union to support the efforts of the management of NPA saying the management could not be left alone to the responsibility.
According to the SSASCGOC scribe, the union had to extend the hand of fellowship to its members not because there was enough funds but because it had become inevitable to secure the well-being of members.
His words, “We cannot be collecting their money and not do anything for them and we need to assist the management as well in fighting this particular problem facing the whole world now.
“In April, we shared to all the port locations in the east and even in Lagos here including Marina. The eastern one was shared last week.
“We see it as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility to our members because their safety is our concern, their development is our concern.
“We need to be supporting the management, they cannot do it alone. The management were surprised seeing us doing this, saying this is the first time they are seeing union partnering with management to do something for the people without demanding from the management.
“We are doing this not because we are rich but we feel it is necessary to assist our members.
“We shared almost 150 cartons of sanitizers, 70 cartons of Vitamin C that contains 96 in a pack, we have about 5,500 pieces of nose masks,” he concluded.
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