COVID-19: Arik Air distributes food items to Lagos communities

Arik Air Ltd., on Tuesday distributed food items to residents of Ewu-Tuntun Community in Mafoluku and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area of Lagos State to cushion effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the residents.

Mr Sylvester Egogo, the Business Head, West and Central Africa of Arik, said it was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to support the communities and less privileged within its areas of operations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 400 bags of 10kg rice and 400 bags of 10kg beans were distributed to the communities respectively.

“The situation in the country calls for concern and Arik managment is very much aware that government cannot do everything.

“We are not also trying to do everything, but supporting residents in various communities within our operations.

“This is just to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in those communities close to us, and I hope this will meet their needs.

“Airlines have not been working for the past two months now, but we came to empathise with people to support in our own little way and also a way of giving back to the community,” he said.

Egogo said that the palliatives were channelled through the leaders of the communities, traditional rulers for effective administration, which he said was well coordinated.

He lauded the orderly conduct of the residents during the exercise.

Egogo enjoined them to obey the health advisory and protocols put in place by the government to contain the spread of the virus.

“We must continue to do the right thing by maintaining social distancing, washing our hands regularly and listen to information from the government and accredited agencies so that our lives can go back to normalcy,” he said.

In his remarks, Chief Nathaniel Osho, Chairman, Abolaji/Osundeyi CDA in Ewu-Tuntun, Mafoluku, commended Arik Air for the gesture, promising to distribute the food items effectively.

Also, Chief Oladele Akinlabi of Arigbanla Igbomedu in Orile-Agege, commended the airline’s support to the communities, assuring that the food items would be properly distributed. (NAN)

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