NIGERIAN Breweries Plc has announced a donation of N600million to the Federal and some state governments, as part of efforts to support the fight against COVID -19.
This was stated in a letter to Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Federal Government and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Jordi Borrut Bel, the Company’s Managing Director, confirmed that the N600 million donation comprises of the following: N250 million cash donation to the Federal Government, through the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CA-COVID), the private sector led special intervention fund managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); N250 million cash donation to 7 State Governments’ Task Force Against COVID-19. Lagos and Ogun States will receive the sum of One Hundred Million Naira (N100m) and Fifty Million Naira (N50M) respectively being COVID-19 frontline states while five other states of Kaduna, Oyo, Enugu, Abia and Imo will get N20M each.
Also, N100 million worth of relief materials comprising: provision of 5 double-cabin vehicles for use by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja, Lagos, Ogun and Kaduna States.
A statement issued by Sade Morgan, Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc explained that this is to help meet their critical operational needs, especially contact tracing and movement of materials/personnel to isolation and treatment centres.
The cost of fuel, maintenance and driver’s salaries will also be covered by Nigerian Breweries.
Besides this, the statement said that the company is also providing Personal Protective Equipment such as face masks, 500 gowns and 141,000 units of hand sanitizers for nationwide distribution to key states.
It also ensure supply of malt, energy and soft drinks to the various Covid-19 NCDC centres nationwide.
“This will be done over a period to ensure steady support and to meet the nourishment needs of the Centres during the crisis,”Morgan said in the statement.
Jordi Bel stressed that the company has already taken various steps to ensure that it continues to protect the jobs of its 3000 employees, while supporting its vendors/suppliers during this difficult period. He added that these contributions are in line with the company’s belief that public-private partnership is essential to overcome the threat of the COVID-19 virus.
Cheque presentations have already been made to the Ogun and Lagos state governments with other states to receive their donations in the coming days.
The parent company of Nigerian Breweries, the HEINEKEN Company had previously donated 15 Million Euros to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society to support their relief efforts towards the most vulnerable people and communities affected by COVID -19 especially those in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Additionally, the Heineken Africa Foundation has decided to replace its regular grants and projects this year with a plan to spend up to 5 million euros in partnership with various NGOs in Africa to significantly upscale and accelerate its WASH program, which focuses on providing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).