Wema Bank Plc, one of Nigerian’s giant financial institutions, said it has started donating relief materials to affected states in Nigeria.
The donation, which includes rice, cartons of vegetable oil and cartons of noodles, is aimed at complementing the effort of the government to cushion the effects of the lockdown posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The bank explained, in a statement, that alongside the move being a corporate social responsibility, the relief materials would also serve as a palliative measure to help lessen the plight of vulnerable members of society during the pandemic.
The MD/CEO, Wema Bank, Mr Ademola Adebise, stated:
As a bank, we understand that there is no better time than now to support the government in fighting this pandemic.
He stressed that Wema Bank is taking responsibility to support the governments of the affected states in the belief that this is a collective fight.
We also encourage Nigerians to do their respective bids to win the war against COVID-19,” he added.
The Head, Brand and Marketing Communications, Wema Bank, Mrs Funmilayo Falola also stated:
This is a trying time for humankind, but also a test of our resolve to unite, whether as individuals or organisations, in this common fight.”
Commending the response of health workers across the country, Falola said:
While the rest of us keep to the stay-at-home rule and practice social distancing, health workers are making the sacrifice of treating patients and helping to disinfect markets and other structures nationwide.
They are the frontline soldiers in a war that threatens all of us and we praise and appreciate their devotion to duty
There have been calls in the last two weeks for the Federal Government to provide palliative measures in order to ensure that Nigerians survive the stay-at-home directive it issued, as part of its effort to combat the growing figure of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.