The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has donated food items worth N100m to the five franchise states under its coverage, to strengthen the fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The Company also donated N5m cash to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, for the purchase of critical medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is as the Power Company pledged to provide regular power supply to customers as much as it is within its remit and control. It also promised not to disconnect supply from non-paying customers during the period except it is based on safety advise, to support various government initiatives and help reduce the hardship the lockdown had occasioned on citizens.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO), IBEDC, Mr John Ayodele, presented the relief materials to the Oyo State Government at the Secretariat, Ibadan.
He said; ”the materials were part of the Company’s corporate social responsibility and contributions towards mitigating the health hazards and hardships caused by the global pandemic, COVID-19.”
Mr Ayodele said the Board, Management and staff of the company while applauding the proactive measures the federal and states’ governments have put in place to fight the virus, realised it was necessary to support the fight like other public spirited Nigerians and organisations.
“As known, we cover fully Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Kwara states and partly Niger, Kogi and Ekiti. We are also supporting one of the major medical facilities within our franchise, which has been designated as an apex care giver in the COVID-19 battle, the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, with a donation of N5m for the purchase of critical medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Specifically, we are donating food items worth N10million for Oyo state. The quantities are 2,500pcs of 5KG bags of rice, 3000pcs of 1KG of Semovita and 1500 Cartons of Noodles. These donations are being replicated across all the states within our coverage area throughout the week and the next,” Mr Ayodele stated.
He was represented by the Ibadan Regional Head of the Distribution Company, Mr Peter Oyelami at the event.
Receiving the items on behalf of the State government, the Executive Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Agro-business, Dr Debo Akande, lauded the kind gesture of the Distribution Company, assuring them that the relief materials donated would be properly accounted for as soon as the pandemic has been contained.
“Today, a total of 6,020 bags of 50kg rice will be distributed to the poor and the needy throughout the State, through door-to-door apolitical channels. This is the intervention of the State Government as we await those of the Committee which will follow very soon,” he stated.
Governor Makinde urged the people to be guided by the “Omoluabi (virtuous) ethos at the points of distribution” urging the beneficiaries to observe social distancing and conduct themselves with the highest decorum.
He however remarked that the stay-at-home order was still in force, urging the people to adhere to the directives and observe preventive measures of the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, ”doing so will ensure the COVID-19 is conquered very soon and people could go back to normal lives.”
The Governor explained that the Cote D’Ivoire returnees who tested positive to COVID-19 were responding to treatment, and expressed hope that they would recover soon and be discharged to join their families.
At the UCH, where the IBEDC also made a cash donation, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Mr Victor Akinmolade, who received the cheque on behalf of the Teaching Hospital appreciated the gesture of the Distribution Company.
Mr Akinmolade said; “The gesture will help in so many ways to fight this pandemic. We hope that all other well-meaning Nigerians, corporate entities will follow the example of IBEDC by lending a helping hand at this critical time. We need your partnership. All of us coming together we can actually fight the virus.”