Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Plc announced on Thursday that it has redeemed its N1 billion pledge to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-led Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
With that, the nation’s biggest food business and agro-allied group activated its action plan to support the Federal Government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to redeeming its pledge, FMN also said it has commenced an $840,000 food relief distribution activity in 12 States in country, delivering food supplies to the most vulnerable communities affected by the lockdown.
The group also procured $1.5 million worth of medical supplies for Nigeria which will rapidly beef up the Nigerian COVID-19 testing capability.
The medical supplies being facilitated by the group include:
*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.
* 35,000 laboratory-based testing capacity 100/day field-testing capacity
* 75 Ventilators to be distributed through the NCDC
In a statement by the Group Chief Operating Officer, Boye Olusanya to kick off the FMN COVID-19 response action, he stated: “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.”