Chairman of All Works of Life (AWOL) Junior Anthony Navo yesterday at a press conference at the Ministry of Information Conference Hall, said that the Ebola fight is everybody’s fight in the country.
He made this statement when AWOL/Airtel organized packages for the three-day sit at home for people who are less-privileged.
Junior Navo said AWOL thought it fit to come onboard to support the sit-at-home by complimenting Government’s effort in finding a solution to this Ebola problem.
He said the food items will go a long way in helping people during this period.
The Chairman of AWOL said this is not the first time that the organization is doing such, he said they started AWOL in 2001 and the reason was to recognize people and help develop the country.
He said, we should not always ask what the country can do for us but what we can do for Sierra Leone.
“Since 2002, we have been working with governments to develop the country. The first thing we did was to buy an Xray machine costing $80,000 for Connaught Hospital.
In 2002, we started the Achievement Awards.
To date, we have done so much in education and re-building villages that have been affected. Today, we have thought it fit to make sure that during the three days sit at home, nobody will go hungry.”
He thanked Airtel, and AWOL organizations all over the world for their support in this venture.
He told journalists that the trucks have all been loaded and they have been handed over to the District Chairmen through the Minister of Local Government, Madam Diana Konomani-Kabba.
He also thanked Aruna M.S. Conteh a.k.a ‘Ambush Commander’, who he said will be transporting the commodities to the Districts at a lesser cost.
He stressed the point that AWOL is not political, none religious and none tribal as they work with any government that is in power. He thanked their Godfather Morseray Fadika and Frank Timis for their unflinching support since the inception of AWOL.
In his short address, Airtel Managing Director, Sudipto Chowdhury said they were happy to partner with AWOL to help in the Ebola fight.
He said Airtel is always ‘touching lives’ and when AWOL contacted them to come onboard in this venture they did not hesitate but willingly worked with them to make sure that the three-day sit at home will not affect the less privileged.
He said the Ebola fight will be won and advised all to continue to take all the preventive methods, so as to eradicate it in the country.
There was an address from the Minister of Social Welfare Moijueh Kaikai who thanked AWOL for thinking about the street children and disables all around the country.
The Minister of Local Government Diana Konomani-Kabba warned the District Chairmen and Mayors to make sure that they distribute the items well, regardless of political party or tribe.
She thanked AWOL and said the venture will be a big success.
Abdulai Bayraytay chaired the program and Chairman Sadiq Sillah gave the vote of thanks.
The food items include 2205 bags of rice, 500 gallons of cooking oil, 100 cartoons of Maggi, 100 bags of salt and 5000 bundles of pure water donated by the partners working with AWOL including: African Minerals, Mr. Frank Timis, Mr. Morseray Fadika, and Airtel.
The donation will target mainly quarantined households, disabled and deprived communities across the country, and will be distributed to representatives from the 12 districts for the use of the DHMTs.
Items for Western Area (Rural and Urban) will be distributed by AWOL and partners.
For distribution in the Provinces will be as follows:
Kailahun District- 150 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 10 bags of salt, 10 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Kenema District- 150 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 10 bags of salt, 10 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Kono District- 100 bags of rice, 30 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Bombali District-150 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Kambia District-50 bags of rice, 30 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Bonthe District-50 bags of rice, 20 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Koinadugu District- 50 bags of rice, 416 bundles of water.
Port Loko District- 200 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 8 bags of salt, 8 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Tonkolili District-200 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 10 bags of salt, 10 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Bo District-150 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Moyamba District- 150 bags of rice, 40 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Pujehun District-100 bags of rice, 30 gallons of oil, 5 bags of salt, 5 cartoons of Maggi, 416 bundles of water.
Western Area Urban- 355 bags of rice, 60 gallons of oil, 14 bags of salt, 14 cartoons of Maggi.
Western Area Rural- 350 bags of rice, 50 gallons of oil, 13 bags of salt, 13 cartoons of Maggi.
It could be recalled that AWOL, in partnership with Airtel SL Ltd and the All Stars Union of Sierra Leonean musicians, took the lead at the initial stages of the Ebola outbreak to launch a 30-day Ebola sensitization and prevention campaign country wide in July.
This was made possible by AWOL godfather Mr. Moseray Fadika, Mr Frank Timis, African Minerals, Airtel Sierra Leone and the entire membership of AWOL at home and abroad.
“One of AWOL’s primary objectives is to complement the effort of the Government and to save people of Sierra Leone,” said AWOL Chairman Amb. Anthony Navo Jnr.
“Ebola is no respecter of persons, political affiliation or tribe. Whether you are poor or rich; we are all at risk. So we must all positively respond to the clarion call of our President to help fight this virus to eradicate it from the country.”
By Austin Thomas
Wednesday September 17, 2014