Akwa Ibom rejects 10 old and used vehicles donated by Oil giant ExxonMobil for COVID-19 contact tracing.
According to a statement that was made available to newsmen in Uyo on Sunday; the vehicles were rejected because they were “used” vehicles.
The vehicles, which includes coastal buses and SUVs, were among fifteen vehicles handed over to the government on Friday.
The management of ExxonMobil also donated COVID-19 test kits for 1,920 tests; 1000 units of sample collection kits; and two ambulances.
The statement reads :
“The Akwa Ibom state government has rejected the 10, very old; used vehicle donated by ExxonMobil for use in the COVID-19 contact tracing in the state.
“The decision was taken at the state COVID-19 Committee meeting yesterday following an evaluation of the vehicles and other donations to the state by the oil company.
“The vehicles are considered too old and not in good enough operational conditions of withstand the rigors of contact tracing which they were meant to serve.
“However, the state government has accepted the two ambulances and 20 hospital beds also donated by the oil company; despite the fact that the ambulances are converted buses while the beds are below the standard of those currently in secondary healthcare facilities in the state.
“The Akwa Ibom state government appreciates the continued support of corporate bodies; and private individuals who have so far made cash or other material donations towards the fight against COVID-19 in the state”