Importers Association boosts COVID-19 response
Sierra Leone Importers Association has donated items worth millions of leones to the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Centre (NaCOVERC) to help defeat the dreadful virus in the country.
The items donated include 20,000 face-masks, 3,000 hand-sanitizers, 1,500 soaps and toilet rolls, among others.
President of Importers Association, Alhaji Mohamed Wurie Sow, said the donation was made possible through support from members to complement the effort of NaCOVERC in protecting people from the disease.
He noted that as business people, they were restrained in enforcing NaCOVERC bye-laws at initial period because they had to reject customers in shops who fail to wear face-masks.
He commended NaCOVERC and other stakeholders for handling the response responsibly, saying it is difficult to regulate humans.
“For us, we make gains through importation and transactions. But without travelling, our businesses have been degenerating and the only avenue to save our monies is by doing business,” he said.
Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy, described the donation as an attribute of patriotism which every Sierra Leonean should emulate. He thanked the association for the donation and prayed that God almighty improve their businesses.
Solomon Jamiru Esq, Spokesperson of NaCOVERC acknowledged the Trade Minister and the association for their persistent collaboration over the period, and ranked the importers association as one of the few associations/organizations that has supported the response.