GoL Appreciates Jeety’s Humanitarian initiative

By Stephen Fellajuah

The Government of Liberia has commended Indian business tycoon Dr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, Chief Executive Officer of the Jeety Trading Corporation for his outstanding support to the socio-economic development of the country through series of interventions to a number of citizens and institutions since the advent of the COVID 19 including feeding vulnerable citizens, inmates at the Central Prison and the recent ongoing project at the prison facility.

The commendation was contained in the opening remarks by Jarlawah A. Tonpo, Deputy Minister for Press and Public Affairs during the regular press briefing last Thursday, November 11, 2021 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism(MICAT) when he made specific mention about the intervention being carried out by the businessman who is affectionately called “Jeety” at the Monrovia Central Prison, South Beach which he said is in line of buttressing the efforts of government to ensure the livelihood of the people.

“Jeety as an individual businessman is currently carrying on technical work at the prison facility, to enable the facility to have running water in the soonest possible time”, Minister Tonpo said. Beside the running water, the Deputy Minister disclosed that “Jeety” is also providing daily meals for old folks and disadvantaged youths. This, he said, is a welcoming news and gesture and that the Liberian government must appreciate Mr. Jeety for his humanitarian initiative.

Since the outbreak of the deadly global disease, “Jeety” has been deeply involved with initiatives to cushion the effects of the distortions it has caused by identifying with vulnerable groups and individuals. He has been organizing the distribution of cooked food for the less privileged including older folks, unemployed youths and prisoners at the Monrovia Central Prison. These are coming at the time when the government is being challenged with resource mobilization to attend to most of the social needs of the people.

The commendation from the government is being seen in the right direction since it is going to inspire others to take steps in identifying with the many challenges being faced by society. “The decision of the government to recognize and appreciate Mr. Jeety is commendable. It will encourage others to be looking for a way of extending helping hand to those who cannot afford the basic needs of the day owing to what the COVID disease has done”, said Jerry Brown, a retired civil servant who also commended the Indian business man for his interventions recently.

The humanitarian activities of Jeety have been widely discussed in Monrovia against the background of being one of those making a lot of sacrifices and remaining noiseless amidst the many challenges poised to businesses and still finding room to cut into his resources just for humanity.

An old lady who said she has been benefiting from the food and nonfood items since the program started said that she was grateful for the gesture as it has not been easy to fend for herself because there is no social service program in the country. “It has been very tough as an elderly person especially in our society where there is absolutely no social welfare program for the old people. The Indian man has been very good to us. He is a God sent person”, Ma Sussie Powah said.

While commending the government for recognizing Jeety, Swentee Dafoh, a business development specialist called on the government to go beyond mere appreciation by giving him some incentives such as tax holiday as a form of encouragement to save against losses made while rendering humanitarian services to the less fortunate in our society.

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