The Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) has joined other institutions to respond to the call to rally resources towards the mitigation of the devastating effects of COVID-19 on social and communal lives by donating assorted food items and hygiene products to deprived areas in Tema.
The institutions include; the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Tema West Metropolitan Assembly (TWMA), Tema Traditional Council, and the Nungua Traditional Council.
The donation is to contribute to the president’s effort to ensure the well-being of citizens in this time when many are unable to go about their day-to-day activities.
The items donated include; sugar, tomato paste, gari, palm oil, Beans, water, hand sanitizer, veronica Buckets, washing soap, and tissue paper.
The Head of Legal and Compliance at the MPS, Mr. Frank Ebo Brown who presented the items on behalf of the MPS, assured the leaders of the various institutions that the MPS is committed to supporting the government’s effort at fighting the global pandemic and its associated effects.
“We are here on behalf of the Shareholders and management of MPS to contribute our widow’s mite towards catering for the needy and to help limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country. This is the first of many social interventions that we would undertake in this regard as we are concerned about the health and safety of all.”
The Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mr. Mohammed Samara, called on all port users to observe the safety measures put in place as many livelihoods have been impacted by the spread of the virus In Ghana.
“I would like to call on all port users to observe laid down precautionary measures as well as to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing to avoid being infected. It is of a necessity for all and particularly drivers, freight forwarders who may have to come into contact with surfaces and people to have their own hand sanitizer and practice frequent hand washing to supplement what the management is doing to prevent infections and ultimately ensure the safety of all who conduct business in Terminal 3.”
Some items the MPS donated
The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Tema, Felix Nii Anang-La, and Municipal Chief Executive for Tema West Metropolitan Assembly (TWMA), Adwoa Amoako thanked the MPS for their timely intervention to support the fight against COVID-19.
“The Assembly took the initiative to start providing some relief items to all persons within the Tema Metropolis who are affected by the restriction in movement directive from the Presidency: the urban poor, street dwellers and the vulnerable including the aged, however, the available resources do not match the teeming numbers. This donation from MPS has, therefore, come at the right time to help us continue to provide what is needed for the communities in a difficult time as this,” Anang-La said.
Members of the Traditional Councils for Nungua and Tema who received the items said the current crisis is one that requires collaborative efforts from all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of life and fight the menace. According to them, the items donated will enable many families to benefit from accessible handwashing materials and food.
COVID-19 preventive actions by MPS
MPS has since mobilized efforts to establish measures in the Terminal and its Offices to stem the contraction and spreading. As part of its recently implemented Business continuity plan in response to the menace of COVID-19, huge veronica tanks with the requisite hygiene products have been mounted at key areas in the terminal.