In an unprecedented move to support government at various levels in the country, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has instituted coordinated and action-packed response operations to fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
To this end, Flour Mills of Nigeria has redeemed its N1 billion pledge to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-led Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
The Nigeria’s largest and oldest food and agro-allied company, which commenced operation in 1962, has also weathered herculean supply chain challenges to procure $1.5 million worth of medical supplies to beef up the government’s COVID-19 testing capability.
In addition to this, Flour Mills of Nigeria has commenced the distribution of a $840,000 food relief packages to vulnerable communities in 12 states across the nation.
The company, which has three major business segments: Food, Agro-Allied and Support Services (packaging, port operation and packaging), has continued to demonstrate its unwavering commitment and sense of duty to Nigeria in the past 60 years.
Flour Mills of Nigeria, under its group chairmanship and the philanthropic industrialist, John Coumantaros, initiated a global supply chain plan to help provide the Federal Government with tangible, and tactical support during the global economic lockdown.
With the involvement of the leadership of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), vendors from five nations, multiple logistics partners, and a tireless team drawn from Flour Mills of Nigeria’s operational leadership, the team scaled through varying national restrictions on medical supply procurement, limited stock, transport restrictions to facilitate different medical supplies.
These include: 331,000 pieces of Personal Protection Equipment (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; and 75 ventilators to be distributed through NCDC.
The medical supplies are scheduled to arrive Nigeria from April 18 through to 27.
The medical equipment and supplies, which were procured from the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Canada, Greece and China, would be delivered to NCDC to ramp up the testing capacity in Nigeria.
Speaking on the development, the Group Chief Operating Officer of Flour Mills of Nigeria, Boye Olusanya, said: “To reduce the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, Flour Mills of Nigeria 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.”
Flour Mills of Nigeria, relying on its 60-year-old profile as an industrial investor in the country’s critical industries and a significant contributor to Nigeria’s quest to feed itself, is bringing its biggest strength to the table, using its global supply chain network to help Nigeria defend itself against COVID-19.