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Coronavirus: Flour Mills of Nigeria contributes N2 billion to help in fight against pandemic

The Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), Nigeria’s food and Agro-allied group, owners of the iconic Golden Penny Foods brand on Tuesday, April 21; contributed N2 billion across the country in the fight against coronavirus.

This money is made up of N1 billion in cash and another N1 billion in food relief materials and medical equipment.

As part of the Nigerian private sector response through the Coalition Against Coronavirus (CACOVID); FMN has donated the sum of N1 billion to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to help Nigeria tackle the pandemic in a concerted private-sector approach.

FMN’s contributions are specifically intended to provide immediate support to the most affected parts of the country by providing cash, food products, and medical supplies to frontline medical and emergency responders across the country.

Seeing the economic hardships facing many people as a result of the necessary public health restrictions on movement; the company, in partnership with relevant government authorities, has also commenced donating food across the country in fulfilment of its purpose of “Feeding the Nation, Everyday”.

In the next couple of days, the company would have donated truckloads of its Golden Penny brand food products to Lagos and other States across Nigeria.

In addition to cash donations and food relief products, FMN would also be providing medical aid through the donation of medical equipment and kits.

FMN is importing COVID-19 Pharmaceuticals and Equipment including about 35,000 units of COVID-19 testing kits, 75 ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for 10,000 medical and emergency workers.

This medical equipment will provide the much-needed support to medical emergency workers across the country, who are selflessly working to ensure that Nigeria can slow down the transmission of the virus and save lives.

Meanwhile, due to the global pandemic, COVID-19, the Federal Government has extended the closure of airports in the country by two weeks.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Monday.

1st News had reported that the FG shut all international airports in the country on Monday, March 23 for one month.

Subsequently, President Muhammadu Buhari had extended the closure to all local airports in the country; while announcing 14-day lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States on March 29.

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