The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has contributed US$150,000 to the Ebola Trust Fund to assist government in its effort to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.
Making the presentation Thursday, Sept 4, at the company’s head office in Monrovia, the president and Chief Executive Officer of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph AKW McClain, said the donation was intended to support government’s initiatives to curb the spread of the virus.
Dr. McClain spoke of the immeasurable human toll of the virus on families, its crippling effect on the economy and the additional burden on government’s efforts to provide the basic needed services for its people.
The NOCAL president, on behalf of the company’s Board of Directors, management and staff, extended sympathy to families, who have lost loved ones to the virus and thanked health workers and other individuals and institutions for contributing to the effort to fight the Ebola epidemic.
He urged citizens and other residents to play their part by contributing as well and adhering to the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and the National Ebola Task Force to help stop the spread of Ebola and save more lives, adding, “this fight will only succeed if we all join hands and work together to contain Ebola.”
In response, the Deputy Minister of Finance for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James F. Kollie, on behalf of the Minister of Finance, thanked the NOCAL family for the gesture, which he said represented the single largest contribution by any public or private local entity. He assured NOCAL that the funds would be used exclusively towards the fight against Ebola.
Dr. Kollie said while government is seeking more funding and contributions are being made, each citizen and resident must take personal responsibility to ensure that the transmission of the virus is broken and brought under control.
The September 4th contribution represents the latest significant contribution NOCAL has made towards the national effort to contain the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Last week, NOCAL presented Personal Protective Equipment to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, valued at more than US $84,000.00 (eighty-four thousand dollars). The company also presented several materials to a local Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Feed the Future’ in its effort to support the fight against Ebola.