By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
The Living Faith Church International, popularly known as Winners’ Chapel, on Wednesday donated an Ambulance and personal protective gears (PPE) to the Ogun state government to help in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Presenting the items to the State government at the Governor’s office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, the Presiding Bishop of the Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, said the gesture was part of the Church’s commitment towards ending the scourge of Coronavirus in the state.
Bishop Oyedepo, who was represented by his son who is also a Senior Pastor in the Church, Pastor David Oyedepo Junior, commended the efforts of the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration in curtailing the spread of the pandemic.
The items donated to the state are: a Toyata Ambulance, 10 cartons of latex hand gloves, five cartons of disposable hand gloves, 20 units of infrared thermometers and 250 units of personal protective devices.
Others are: 10 units of pulse reading metre, 10 units of blood pressure monitor, 2 units of multi-parameter monitor and 850 bottles of hand sanitisers.
The cleric expressed optimism that Coronavirus would soon be a thing of the past on the country, saying: “I’m confident with the prayers of the saints across the nations of the earth and particularly in Nigeria that God will bring a sudden end to the scourge of Coronavirus.
“As a nation, we remain committed to partnering with the government in this fight to bring an end to the threat to humanity. To this end, we are extending the following material support to boost the management and tackling of COVID-19 menace in Ogun State.
“We have come for the purpose of demonstrating our solidarity to the Ogun state government in the battle against COVID-19 which has been a global pandemic. We are all in the same fight together in driving towards victory and we trust God that at the end of the day we will have a song of victory.
“We have come today to present some items to help in this fight against this pandemic and we are rest assured that not only as we take steps medically and professionally but as we also take steps spiritually, that the victory is secured in the name of Jesus.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the state, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele commended the Church for the generous donation and reiterated the government’s commitment to partnering religious organisation and individuals in the curtailing the spread of the virus.
She called on other private individuals, religious leaders and other well meaning Nigerians to support the government in its effort to rid the state of the virus.
The Deputy Governor noted that the items would go a long way in helping the state in the fight against COVID-19.
While presenting the donation of an ambulance and PPEs and pulse oximetre to the State Government at the Lagos House in Marina, Special Assistant to Bishop Oyedepo, Pastor Steve Ogah, said the state-of-the-art ambulance has the capacity for first aid, test and treatment of those infected or on emergency resulting from the infection.
“Other items include 20 cartons of latex hand gloves (10 boxes per carton), 10 cartons of disposable face masks (40 boxes per carton), 40 pieces of the infrared thermometer (gun-shaped type), 500 pieces of personal protective device (PPE) Hazmat suit, two boxes of the pulse oximeter (10 per box), and two cartons of blood pressure monitor (10 per carton).
He said the Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners Chapel) was concerned that the pandemic has reached dangerous dimensions, with a spike in infection numbers around the world, and inevitable adverse effects on the global economy and on virtually all areas of human endeavour.
Quoting Bishop Oyedepo, Ogah said that the church would continue to render medical, material and spiritual support to the government and the people to ensure that the situation in Nigeria does not explode or become intractable.