FMN Group’s Critical Action and Response Plan for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020, announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Since then, the world and indeed, Nigeria has had to take stringent actions to help its citizens adjust and cope with the pandemic.

As one of Nigeria’s largest Food and Agro-allied Groups, we take seriously our role in society and the impact that our operations have on the health, wellbeing, and livelihood of Nigerian families. As such, we have put in place some precautionary measures as a response to the Global and National Public Health crisis caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Our priorities are: to reduce the risk of exposure of our employees, and other stakeholders as well as, ensure that our products are still available to the millions of Nigerian families who depend on us for nourishment.

We at FMN Group have therefore implemented the following measures to safeguard the health and safety of our employees, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders; as well as ensure that our supply chains are not hindered, in order to sustain our operations and supply of our food products to Nigerians:

  1. We have implemented the most stringent safety standards at all our offices and factories. This is to ensure that we continue to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, including protecting against the transmission of the Coronavirus and other diseases. As such all employees and visitors to FMN offices and factories will be subjected to health screenings as prescribed by Federal and State Health Agencies, including temperature checks at our factory/office gates and, the mandatory use of hand sanitizers or soap and water before they are allowed on to our premises.
  2. Non-essential visitors are henceforth and until further notice, barred from visiting our offices and factories. We encourage virtual meetings and other measures of working remotely wherever possible, to minimize human to human contacts and potentials for diseases transmission.
  3. We instituted a Strategic Business Continuity Framework, and a Crisis Management Plan to ensure that our employees are protected and, our supply chains and production processes are not hindered. The public can be rest assured that our capacity to meet the food demands of Nigerians will be safeguarded with all resources available to us. We commit ourselves to ensure that our Golden Penny products will continue to be available to meet the needs of Nigerian families.
  4. FMN is already in discussions with Government and related agencies on avenues where we can work together to alleviate the difficulties that Nigerians might be facing, especially as it relates to health and welfare. In the 60 years of our operations, FMN has continued to support local communities through its carefully targeted Social Responsibility Initiatives. We are happy to lend a helping hand as we have always done in the past during times of need.
  5. It is important to reiterate that FMN has continued to uphold the highest food safety standards to ensure that our consumers can continue to rely on getting great-tasting food that is healthy and safe.
  6. To reduce the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, we implore all Nigerians to continue to adhere to the necessary protective measures – Wash your hands thoroughly or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, practice good personal hygiene, maintain social distancing, stay informed and follow the advice given by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and Federal and State health Agencies including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
  7. We are hopeful that in collaboration with other stakeholders, this pandemic will be conquered in Nigeria, Africa and all over the world.

Signed Paul Gbededo Group Managing Director/CEO

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