By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of measures to break the chain of transmission and flatten the curve of COVID-19 spread, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and palliative items to support the FCT Administration’s efforts in the battle against the pandemic.
Some of the items donated include; 4,000 cartons of 70g noodles, 1,000 N95 face masks, 10,000 protective gloves, 30 coveralls (Tvek), 100 coveralls (No woven) and 30 eyewears.
Presenting the items to FCT Administration, Non Executive Director of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Hajia Salamatu Suleiman, said the firm has dedicated its efforts at working with stakeholders in the private sector and government to curb the spread of the virus.
Suleiman, revealed that the firm had also procured over $1.5 million worth of medical materials, including COVID-19 testing kits, ventilators and PPE, in addition to the donation of N1 billion to the private sector Coalition Against Coronavirus (CACOVID), stressing that the efforts would rapidly beefed up Nigeria’s testing capacity for the virus.
The spokesperson, however, commended the efforts of the federal government, the FCT Administration and the FCT COVID-19 committee for the steps taken so far to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the territory.
According to her, “the coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly the biggest threat that humanity is facing today. The impact of the virus across the world has been devastating to say the least.
“For us, this is troubling and that is why like several well-meaning Nigerians across the country, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc is dedicating its best efforts at working with stakeholders in the private sector and government to curb the spread of the virus”.
She said the medical supplies of which the FCT has specifically earmarked as a beneficiary, would facilitate 100/day field-testing capacity, 35,000 laboratory-based testing capacities and provide about 331,000 pieces of PPE, including N95 masks, coveralls, protective gloves and protective eyewears.
Receiving the items on behalf of the administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, thanked the management of the firm for performing its corporate social responsibility especially at this critical period of COVID-19 pandemic.
Aliyu noted that the donation would go along way to cushion the effect of sit-at-home especially among the vulnerable ones in the society, as the donation would also aid health workers on the frontline.