In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Nigeria’s leading integrated food business and agro-allied Group, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (referred to as “Flour Mills “or “FMN”), has announced its commitment to lend a helping hand to several states across the country. FMN which is also the owner of the iconic food brand, Golden Penny is donating essential food products to alleviate the challenges faced by Nigerians during this time and the impact of the partial lockdown instituted to curb the spread of the virus.
To kick start the food donation drive across the country, the company has donated several trucks of food products to Lagos state in support of the state’s ongoing food relief efforts.
“During this trying time, we truly need to come together as a people to fight the scourge of the COVID-19 virus. The virus is casting a shadow on our way of life in Nigeria and the world, but we believe that with continued collaboration, we can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians and continue to bring hope to those who have suffered and lost,” said Paul Gbededo, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company while commenting on the development.
“For a company like ours that had shared such a deep connection with Nigeria for 60 years, we understand the challenges, especially during this trying time. As most Nigerians now stay at home to break the spread of this pandemic, they must continue to get access to healthy and nutritious food. In line with our purpose of feeding the Nation, Everyday, FMN is committed to doing that,” he added.
The company also disclosed that in addition to food relief, it would be providing medical aid through the donation of medical equipment and kits for first responders, especially frontline medical workers and security personnel who are selflessly working to ensure that Nigeria can slow down the transmission of the virus and alleviate the consequent challenges faced by the populace.
Boye Olusanya, the Group Chief Operating Officer, of the company said: “To reduce the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, FMN will continue to work with the government and related agencies at both the federal and state levels 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.”
“We must commend the efforts of the Nigerian government so far in the fight against the spread of the virus and implore all Nigerians to continue to abide by the advice given by the World Health Organization (WHO), and Federal and State Health Agencies, including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).”
FMN remains hopeful that these collaborative efforts with relevant stakeholders across the country will soon bring an end to this pandemic in Nigeria, across Africa and indeed the world.
Quick facts about Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc
Incorporated in September 1960 and quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange since 1978, Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Plc, owners of the iconic Golden Penny Food brand is one of Nigeria’s leading food and agro-allied companies. With a broad basket of food products and robust pan-Nigerian production, distribution, and supply chain network, FMN is a fully integrated and diversified food and agro-allied group.
FMN group strives in its purpose to “Feed the Nation, Everyday” through its five core food value chains: Grains, Sweeteners, Oils and Fats, Proteins, and Starches. FMN creates value along the entire food chain with its “farm-to-table” model by providing inputs and know-how to farmers, aggregating and sourcing crops and raw materials to supply its world-class processing facilities across Nigeria, and distributing its innovative food brands to its customers.