BUA Group, one of the leading foods and infrastructure conglomerates in West Africa, has made a further donation of N350 million to the Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID). The fresh donation to the group brings to N1.3 billion the amount BUA has made towards combating the COVID-19 crisis in Nigeria through COCAVID.
In a separate development, BUA has also donated the sum of N100 million to the Kebbi State government in its bid to support victims of the recent devastating flooding in the state.
Abdul Samad Rabiu, chairman and chief executive of BUA Group, speaking on the donations stated that the company remains dedicated to its sustainable development projects and as a responsible corporate organisation, it will continue supporting various social and humanitarian interventions wherever it can.
Rabiu commended the role of Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), whose astute leadership in coordinating the CACOVID intervention efforts has come to fore in an accountable and transparent manner. He also lauded the efforts of Akiko Dangote, chairman, Dangote Group, and other members of the CACOVID steering committee- of which BUA is a pioneer member.
Rabiu stated that the group intends to continue monitoring the situation and is in partnership with other relevant stakeholders and are ready to donate more money if the need arises.
On the N100 million donation to the Kebbi State government, he expressed his condolences with the Kebbi State government, communities and individuals affected by the flood and enjoined all stakeholders to support recovery efforts in the state.
The disastrous Kebbi flood has resulted in the deaths of no fewer than 32 people while hundreds of houses and several communities have been destroyed. Many farmlands across the 21 local councils of the state have also been ravaged by the flood. The tragedy is expected to result in shortage of food across the nation, particularly rice, in the coming months as the north-western state is the leading producer of rice in the country.