COVID-19 : Unical ASUU donates sanitisers to Cross River Govt, sensitizes public

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Calabar branch has donated no fewer than two hundred (200) litres of hand sanitisers to the Cross River State government.

Chairman of the branch, Dr. John Edor while presenting the the items to the State Commisioner of Health, Dr. Beta Edu noted that the fight against the ravaging pandemic is a serious one that requires the collective corporation and support of all stakeholders.

Edor also revealed that as part of the branch's effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the Union also sponsored jingles, annoucements and other adverts currently running in different radio and TV stations in the state to sensitize the public.

He added that despite the fact that the Union was on strike over the failure of the federal government to fund  public Universities in Nigeria as well as other sundry issues, they're committed to every efforts by government to cushion the effects as well as keep Cross River free of the virus.

While expressing his satisfaction with the efforts of  the state government so far in ensuring that the state remains free of the pandemic, he called on the public to support government by following strictly the precautionary directives from relevant authorities.

According to him "We are here today to show our solidarity and support for the Cross River State government in the fight against the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As we all know, we're currently on indefinite strike over failure of government to meet some of our demands but this has not stopped us from supporting what the government is doing to fight this global health crisis.

"COVID-19 doesn't know who is in government or not or who is an ASUU member or not. This is why as a Union, we are doing this as part of our social responsibility.  Apart from this sanitisers, we've sponsored Radio and television adverts to sensitise the public. We're happy with the efforts of government so far therefore we call on all stakeholders to see this fight as a collective responsibility one and shouldn't be left to government alone.

On her part, the Stage Commisioner for Health, Dr. Edu thanked the Union adding that ASUU members have written their name in gold in the history of the state for the gesture.

She said that "I want to thank ASUU for standing by government at this challenging time. Despite the fact that they're on strike and one would expect that they won't have the resources to fund this kind of support, but we're happy and grateful to them".

The Commisioner added that "I feel very sad that you're not being given your demands by the federal government and despite all these, ASUU has still taken the bold step to keep to her social responsibility to support Cross River at this trying period. We're aware of the jingles sponsored by ASUU that's reaching over one million Cross Riverians".

Edu urged ASUU to continue to sensitise the Students at different platforms that they can have asses to them to always wash their hands regularly, wear their face mask when going out as well as report suspected cases to the state COVID-19 response team.
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