By Femi Ogunshola
An Abuja bakery, makers of Nextar bread, has distributed 5,000 loaves of bread to residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in order to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Mrs Bukola Adewumi, the bakery’s Chief Executive Officer, who began the distribution on Wednesday, said the gesture was in support of Federal Government’s effort at providing succour to ordinary Nigerians.
She said that Nextar bread was concerned about the plight of underprivileged Nigerians worst hit by the sit-at-home order in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in FCT.
Adewumi said that she had no doubt that the little effort by Nextar would help put smiles on the faces of residents of Abuja, while calling on other well-to-do residents to help the poor.
She stressed that the gesture was imperative because people’s means of livelihood had been suspended due to Coronavirus, noting that the residents must eat irrespective of lockdown.
She added that the distribution would be in batches, stressing that it began in Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
She said it would be distributed to Tungan Maje, Lubge, Ido and Karu as well as other parts of FCT, adding that the 5000 loaves was the bakery’s little contribution to humanity.
Adewumi urged residents to comply with the government order by wearing face mask, maintaining social distancing and washing of hands with alcohol based hand sanitiser among others.