UNODC with funding from the European Union has donated several IT equipment worth US thirteen thousand five hundred thirty nine dollars nine cent # 13,530.9 USD to six (6) faith-based institutions through the ministry of health in Congo town.
Making donation on behalf of UNODC, Mr. Jose Manued Lopez Alvarez who proxy for Dr. Abiola Olaleye, program officer for UNODC projects in Liberia thanked the European Union for providing the funding to enable his organization initiate such remarkable donation through the ministry of health. He further added that his organization remain committed in collaborating with the ministry of health and faith-based institutions to provide financial, technical and moral support to the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health. Mr. Alvarez, encouraged service providers to use the equipment for its intended purpose.
Receiving the items on behalf of E.S Grant Memorial/ JFK Mentor Hospital, Teen Challenge Liberia Chapter, Liberians United Against Drugs Abuse (LUADA), Youth Establishing Safe Society (YESS), Kimberline Youth Foundation and its Secretariat headed by ECOWAS focus person within the ministry of health, Mrs. Esther Grant thanked EU and UNODC for the financial and technical support provided over the years to the ministry and asked service providers to use the equipment wisely in order to collect accurate and qualitative data on the number of persons using illicit substances in the country as well as to further inform stakeholders in making the right decision and to also influence policies-makers
Mrs. Grant said, the donation was very timely and called on other partners to follow the good gesture of EU and UNODC to enhance the smooth workings of the ministry.
Also making remarks during the turn over ceremony, Deputy Minister for Planning, Policy and Research A.Vaifee Tulay used the occasion to appreciate EU and UNODC for such a timely donation to the health sector.
Minister Tulay then cautioned service providers to use the items very wisely in uplifting the lives of young Liberians who are trapped by these deadly and harmful substances brought illegally in the country. He maintained that the situation at hand is becoming a threat to national security and as such the equipment, most especially the computers, should not be used to watch movies. Anyone caught in the act of doing so will be penalized by the ministry says Minister Tulay.
Minister Tulay in closing stressed the importance of the equipment and lauded the partners for the kind gesture in this difficult period. He said he’s convicted that the donation is a dream come true especially at this most needed time for the end users.