TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
Cadbury Nigeria Plc and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), have supported the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) with assorted palliative items to help the vulnerable communities in the war against COVID-19 pandemic in the nation’s capital.
While presenting the items to the Administration, the Territorial Commercial Manager of North West, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Mr. Ladi Sonuga, commended the steps taken by the administration to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in the territory, noting that it is indeed a challenging period for all Nigerians.
He, therefore, called for concerted efforts to sustain the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Sonuga revealed that the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, has severely hampered operational efficiency of most companies.
His words; “As a stakeholder in the Nigerian economy, we are deeply concerned about the implications of COVID-19, and the destruction is causing to lives, livelihoods and businesses.
He continued: “The lockdown implemented by almost all the states in the country, as well as specific lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, has severely hampered operational efficiency”.
On his part, the spokesman of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Mr. Tolu Adeleke, also appreciated the efforts of government at all levels in the fight against the pandemic, adding that PWC has supported government efforts at different strata.
Adeleke, also called on the authorities of the administration to judiciously distribute the palliative items to underserved communities in the territory.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Administration, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commended the efforts of both firms in cushioning the effect of sit-at-home order, stressing that all hands must be on deck in the battle against the dreaded disease.
The minister who was represented by the Director of Human Resource Management, Malam Mohammed Bashir, noted that the items would in no small measure assist the administration to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.
Items donated by Cadbury Nigeria Plc include 500 cartons of bourvita beverage, while PWC donated 600 bags of 10kg rice, 300 cartons of indoomie and 42 cartons of vegetable oil.