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The Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer, Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company Limited, has donated 9,900 masks to the Ministry of Transport and Mining.
They were handed over recently by the local partner of the Chinese manufacturer, Stewart’s Automotive Group, in a recent ceremony.
The masks are to be distributed to staff of the Ministry’s affiliate agencies, Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC), Transport Authority (TA), and the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).
In his address, Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague, thanked the company for the donation, which he said will assist in protecting front-line workers.
“As a corporate company, you have a corporate conscience. The company has always assisted in the community (welfare activities),” Montague said.
Director of Stewart’s Automotive Group, Jackie Stewart Lechler, said the JUTC is an important essential service “moving our people around the country, and they have been working double-time to keep persons on the road safe, and we appreciate this.”
“Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company Limited is a partner and a friend of the JUTC. We hope that the masks will go a far way in keeping our drivers safe, helping them to feel appreciated, and to realize that we care about them,” she added.
Meanwhile, Minister Montague commended the JUTC and Montego Bay Metro for continuing to play a vital role in the provision of transport services for persons in government quarantine facilities.
He called for greater unity and understanding among citizens as the country continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As Jamaicans, we need to come together. This is one of our hallmarks as a nation – that we come together in times of crises; we dig deep and band together,” he said.
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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