CGX Energy Inc donates $14M in food supplies to CDC
CGX Energy Inc on Saturday handed over $14 million worth of food supplies in the form of rice cereal meal replacements which is manufactured locally by Morning Glory Inc under the auspices of the Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST).
This aid is part of the oil and gas exploration company’s donation in assisting Guyanese during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue, Executive Director of CGX Energy Inc, Professor Suresh Narine noted that this is a “collaborative initiative between his company and their partner, Frontier Energy, in response to President Ali’s call for the Private Sector to step forward and assist his clear priority in addressing the COVID pandemic”.
He noted that they decided to include a local food product “to help sustain local food processors that are hard hit” at this time.
Professor Narine disclosed that they will also be making a monetary donation of $10 million in the new week that will aid CDC’s task of addressing the needs of the citizenry during this time.
On hand to receive the donation was Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Hon Deodat Indar, who expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Prime Minister, Hon Mark Phillips, who has been tasked with overseeing the CDC’s COVID-19 response.
The Minister also thanked other businesses that have been assisting citizens over the past four months but stressed that “this kind of initiative needs to be ramped up so that it can be more broad-based to reach more of the depressed and hinterland communities.”
Director General of CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig in expressing thanks to the Private Sector in the National Relief Response to bring meaningful relief to citizens noted the importance of corporate responsibility of companies – especially those in the oil and gas sector.
“Those companies that have come on board so far are ExxonMobil, Tullow Offshore, SBM Offshore and today, CGX Energy Inc. It is good to see the oil and gas companies supporting humanitarian efforts,” said the Director General, as he expressed thanks to CGX Energy Inc while calling on all of the Private Sector to continue supporting this vital effort that can help to flatten the curve.
He noted that CDC will work closely with the new Task Force and Cabinet Sub-Committee to ensure these items get to the people that are mostly affected.
Also present at the handing over exercise was the IAST’s Chief Accountant, Nonieka Daniels, CDC’s Deputy Director General, Major Loring Benons and other officials.