BUA Group has donated food items to residents of Kano State in the bid to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the spread of Coronavirus Disease to the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday imposed a two-week lockdown on the state.
The food distribution was done up into the hinterland from a video seen by The Eagle Online.
The food intervention was done by BUA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of BUA Group.
The Foundation had on April 29, 2020 announced that it has released N300 million to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to aid logistics and its operations in line with the earlier pledge of Founder/Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu.
The BUA Foundation also announced that it has released N600 million to Kwara, Kaduna, Ekiti Rivers and Lagos States.
While others got N100 million each, Lagos State was given N200 million.
This was distinct from the N1 billion health infrastructure intervention grant being provided to equip a permanent health facility in Lagos State.
These new contributions are also in addition to BUA’s earlier disbursement of N1 billion to the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 and N100 million each to Sokoto, Ogun and Edo States as BUA continues to champion the fight against the virus in Nigeria.
In his comment, Rabiu said it was important that the private sector steps in to support the country where possible in combating the virus and its attendant effects.
Also speaking on the announced N3 billion Health Infrastructure Intervention Grant for Kano and Lagos States, Rabiu said: “BUA Foundation is already working closely with the Presidential Task Force, NCDC and other stakeholders on how best to deploy these funds to immediately equip the selected facilities in Kano especially and Lagos within the next few weeks.
“These grants will be disbursed and monitored in line with globally accepted best practice.”
Speaking further, Rabiu said BUA will continue to monitor the situation and was set to offer more to support areas that are in need.
“We need each other to come together in fighting this virus,” he said.