Leading Food business and agro-allied group, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), has redeemed its $2.8million pledge, through the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), made in support of the Federal Government’s on-going efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic.
Group Chief Operating Officer, Boye Olusanya in a statement to kick off the FMN COVID-19 response action said: “To reduce the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, FMN will continue to work with the Federal Government and related agencies to provide relief materials. The safety of Nigerians is paramount to us, so we encourage all Nigerians to adhere to the necessary protective measures against the virus and its spread.”
Despite the global disruption in economic activities, specifically, supply chains, the company said it succeeded in procuring $1.5 million worth of medical supplies for Nigeria which will rapidly beef up the Nigerian COVID-19 testing capability.
FMN initiated a global supply chain plan to help provide The Nigerian Government with tangible, and tactical support during the global economic lockdown. This initiative was spearheaded by the philanthropic Industrialist John Coumantaros, Chairman of the FMN Group. Planning involved the leadership of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), vendors from 5 Nations, multiple logistics partners, and a tireless team drawn from the FMN group’s operational leadership. The team scaled through varying national restrictions on medical supply procurement, limited stock, transport restrictions, but stayed resolute in the race to help Nigeria manage and flatten the curve.
FMN also commenced deployment of a $840,000 food relief packages to vulnerable communities in 12 states across the nation.
The company commended, the Federal government for motivating a comprehensive response and mobilising resources to curtail the spread of the virus.
FMN urged the Nigeria private sector to sustain its involvement, productivity and delivery of tangible support to the government.
FMN Group said it was mandated by its unwavering commitment, sense of duty to Nigeria spanning the past 60 years, to activate an action plan in support of the government in fight against the coronavirus.
The Group kicked-off its support with a redemption of its 1 Billion Naira pledge to the CBN-led Nigerian Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19. It also commenced a $840,000 food relief distribution activity spanning 12 Nigerian States, delivering food supplies to the most vulnerable communities hit by National lockdown.
The medical supplies being facilitated are: 331,000 pieces of PPE (N95 Masks, Coveralls, Protective gloves, Protective eyewear) enough to provide regular use for 10,000 Nigerian health care professionals over two months and 75 Ventilators to be distributed through the NCDC.
The supplies has 35,000 laboratory-based testing capacity with a 100/day field-testing capacity.
The medical supplies procured from Dubai, United States, Canada, Greece and China are scheduled to arrive in Nigeria, starting from 18th April through to 27, 2020 and will be delivered to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ramp up the testing capacity in Nigeria.
Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to correct the total amount pledged.