THE management of Gregory University, Uturu, (GUU) Okigwe, in Abia State has become the latest tertiary institutions after the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, Imo State, to donate palliatives to the Imo State government to support the needy as the fight against coronavirus pandemic goes on.
The University donated 250 Covid-19 Test Kits, 600 bottles of GUU comprehensive hand sanitizer, 150 bottles of GUU Sniff-Sniff, 50 bottles of GUU herbal honey, 50 bottles of GUU Adonis yellow, 50 cartons of noodles, two thermal digital infra-red thermometers, and 100 pieces of face masks.
The acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Augustine Uwakwe, who led the delegation, noted that the response by GUU was part of the university’s Corporate Social Responsibility, which they consider most appropriate at this time given the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the delegation included a fumigation team, which decontaminated public places in the state for four days as part of their contributions to help the state in the fight against the Covid-19.
The state governor, Hope Uzodimma, who received the items, eulogized the Chancellor of GUU, Prof. Gregory Ibe, for his magnanimity in supporting the state to controlling coronavirus at a time when universities are going cap in hand to beg for assistance.
The Governor said Prof. Ibe has never shied away from responding to wherever there was a challenge facing the society, especially the Spith East.
Uzodinma described the chancellor as a large hearted philanthropist who has always been available anytime there is a financial challenge confronting the South East.
The governor promised the GUU delegation that items, which were highly prized under the circumstances, would be put to good use in the fight against the coronavirus in the state where the state is aiming to be as proactive and resourceful as possible.
He expressed his readiness to extend the mutual benefits of the relationship as a government and as a people as he praised the university for citing its teaching hospital in the state.
He called on residents of the state to comply with government directives on Covid-19 protocols as it was the only way of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.
Professor Uwakwe revealed that the university was researching into remedies on Covid-19 and promised that apart from the donation, the university intends that its friends and allies would benefit from the findings of the research team.