The leadership of the National Association of Foreign Bureaus of Liberia (NAFEBOL) has distributed at least 210 nose masks and hand sanitizers to money exchangers in the country to help protect them from contracting this third wave of Coronavirus variant during the course of their business activities.
The gesture, which was put at US$5,000, is part of NAFEBOL’s contribution and commitment towards helping the government's campaign against the spread of the disease.
Nimely Sayeh, president of NAFEBOL, who presented the masks to the first set of beneficiaries in Monrovia on Tuesday, July 6, stated that the presentation of the assorted preventive materials is his institution’s own way of identifying with its members during these difficult times.
“Today, with the third phase of this fight, we thought it wise to make some donation, but we will be focusing on money exchangers and scratch card dealers around the country because, as you may know, the virus that we are talking about travels through money and we play with it every day,” he added.
As a national health emergency, he assured the institution’s commitment to supporting the government to stem the spread of the disease.
According to him, there is a need for members of NAFEBOL to be protected and abide by the prescribed health protocols announced by the government through the Ministry of Health.
“We cannot overemphasize, owing to the fact that money exchangers are also exposed to contracting the virus when transacting business with the general public. So, with this donation today, it will help them remain safe,” said Mr. Sayeh.
He added that the distribution process targets 30,000 of its members from across the country and, with Montserrado County being the most affected, about 15,000 of NAFEBOL’s members will benefit from the gesture.
He further used the occasion to encourage all forex bureau operators and money exchangers to wear their nose masks, hand sanitizers to be able to save and protect their families and loved ones.
Mr. Sayeh disclosed that his institution plans to acquire umbrellas for its members who sell along the streets, amidst the raining season, while at the same time calling on other well-meaning Liberians and humanitarians to join the government in the fight against COVID-19.
Receiving his portion of the preventive materials, the Operational Manager of the First Liberian Forex Bureau, Teah J. Beah, thanked the leadership of NAFEBOL for its farsightedness in making sure their members are safe and protected against the virus.
He, however, vowed to ensure that the items received will be used wisely.
Beah said as a money exchanger, they are at high risk of contracting the virus and will ensure that any customer coming in this bureau to transact business will be sanitized and properly masked up.