By Michael Ojo
Novare, a South African owned real estate investment company based in Nigeria has donated assorted palliative items to the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s food bank to help vulnerable communities to cushion the effect of the sit-at-home.
Presenting the items to the administration, Head of Legal, Chineme Onuoma, said Novare with an investment portfolio of four retails malls across Nigeria would continue to support the Federal Capital Territory and Nigeria in the fight against COVID19.
He commended the steps taken by the administration in managing the pandemic in the territory.
Onuoma, used the occasion to reveal that besides the provision of palliatives to underserved communities, Novare has so far approved four months rent-free period (beginning from April 2020 to July 2020) with the intention to extend if necessary for its tenants, particularly those tenants providing non-essential services as described by the federal government.
Onuoma also stated that the firm has expressed commitment to observe all laid down protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the prevention of the spread of the virus particularly within its facilities and to educate and sensitize the public in line with government directives.
Receiving the items on behalf of the administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, commended the thoughtfulness of the firm especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items and more significantly in putting measures in place to ensure job sustainability.
Aliyu, who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, stressed the need for collaboration in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, while assuring that the items would be distributed to underserved communities.
Items donated include 100 bags of 50kg rice, 245 cartons of noodles, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of vegetable oil and 75 cartons of tomato paste.