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Chuks Udo Okonta
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and contribution towards flattening the curve of the health hazard caused by the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in Nigeria, the life insurer, FBNInsurance and its subsidiary, FBN General Insurance has once again demonstrated commitment to their community by donating an ambulance to the Lagos State Government as well as food items to the needy communities within Lagos.
While presenting the ambulance to the Lagos State Government, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FBNInsurance, Valentine Ojumah, explained that the gesture was to support the State Government’s effort in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the state. He further stated that both companies in collaboration with the other insurance companies was putting together resources to provide an insurance cover for medical personnel who are in the frontline of the fight against the virus.
Receiving the ambulance on behalf of the State Government, the wife of the Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu alongside the Lagos State Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde applauded FBNInsurance for the donation and assured them that the Lagos State Government would put the ambulance to adequate use to serve the purpose. Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the donation would also help the State Government in the management of other health related issues.
The Managing Director of FBN General Insurance, a subsidiary of FBN Insurance, Bode Opadokun used the occasion to urge Nigerians to adhere strictly to the precautionary measures as stipulated by the medical practitioners to flatten the curve of the virus.
In a related development, over the weekend, FBNInsurance provided food items (Rice, Beans and Semolina) to 6,000 Lagosians in Ajegunle, Iwaya and Agege areas of the state. This donation was designed to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the less privileged in the area.
A resident of Iwaya who pleaded anonymity said “Before now, I do not believe in insurance companies. I always feel all they do is take people’s money, but with this kind gesture from FBNInsurance and FBN General Insurance, I am amazed. This simple act of kindness from their organisation has changed my perception about insurance. The people of Iwaya are grateful to these reputable insurers for coming to our rescue at this critical time.”
Recall that FBNInsurance and FBN General Insurance recently donated various items to homes and hospices across three geographical regions: Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
The life insurer, FBNInsurance Limited, is an FBNHoldings Company associated with the Sanlam Group of South Africa.