SOCFIN, a foreign investment company engaged in commercial agriculture in collaboration with Kissy Industry on Tuesday 28th April, 2020 boosted the COVID-19 fight when they donated four thousand (4,000) gallons of palm oil and fifty thousand (50, 000) locally produced medicated soap respectively to the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), West of Freetown.
SOCFIN and Kissy Industry are two different companies which forged essential partnership to make the donation in a bid to complement the efforts of President Julius Maada Bio and his New Direction government in the fight against the spread and prevention of the disease in Sierra Leone.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at EOC, Cockeril, Wilkinson Road in Freetown, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kissy Industry, Jamal Shallop underscored the necessity of their donation saying the intervention by the two companies was expedited by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Agriculture to enable them enhance the fight against the disease.
He said the donation was just the beginning of the many goodies underway to continue boosting the centre in order to end the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
SOCFIN’s Import and Export Manager, Eyillah Fillie disclosed that the four thousand gallons of palm oil was provided by her company to boost the fight against the disease. She said the cost of the palm oil was very huge and her company will soon make health equipment donations including test kits, sanitizers among others all geared towards boosting COVID-19 fight in Sierra Leone.
Executive Secretary of the Commercial Agriculture Producers and Processors’ Association (CAPPA) Amara Kamara, assured the EOC of more donations including cash donations.
Receiving the donation, EOC National Coordinator who doubles as the Minister of Defence, Retired Brigadier Kellie Hassan Conteh expressed thanks and appreciation to the two companies and underscored the significance of the foodstuff donation in the fight against the disease.
He noted that foodstuff are very crucial in COVID-19 fight to meet the needs of security personnel, quarantine homes, as well as to treatment centres.
He assured that the gesture of the two companies will be transmitted to President Bio. He called on other companies in the private sector to come onboard and help in the fight against the disease.