GENEROUS BIDCO RESPONDS TO PM NABBANJA CALL, DONATES SHS355M TO COVID19 RESPONSE
By Joel Mugabi
Leading fast moving consumer goods company Bidco Uganda Limited (BUL) has once again made a generous contribution to the country’s response against the Covid19 pandemic. During the first lockdown in 2020, Bidco donated Shs521m and other products manufactured by the conglomerate. The company also injected Shs100m in the renovation of Walukuba Health Centre IV as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Now, even this year, Bidco has returned to contribute to efforts against Covid19. The company has responded to a recent call by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to the business community to make contribution to the Covid19 response.
The company, which has a modern edible oil processing complex in Masese village, Jinja, has today donated a whopping $100,000 (Shs355m) to the taskforce.
Kampala Metropolitan Affairs State Minister Kabuye Kyofatogabye praised Bidco for its generosity, saying the company has always supported government on various humanitarian causes.
Kyofatogabye made it clear Ugandans and Government can always rely on Bidco to not only offer them safe, high quality products but to also extend a helping hand in times of need such as the current Covid19 pandemic.
“We are out to combine efforts in the fight against the pandemic and as government. We are grateful to Bidco and its management for the philanthropic gesture,” the minister added.
Bidco’s General Manager who led the donation team, which included the Chief Finance Officer, to the Office of the Prime Minister noted that the pandemic has really affected the company’s daily operations in addition to slowing down on production, but emphasized that supporting government’s mass vaccination drive targeting over 22 million people was so noble a cause to ignore.
The enthusiastic General Manager also disclosed that the Bidco donation would be wired directly to the official Government Covid19 Relief Account. The money would go towards the procurement of over 25,000 doses of Covid19 vaccine. A total of 5,000 doses of these will strictly be for company’s management and support staff in Jinja, Buvuma and Kalangala while the rest will go to the community and the surrounding areas.
On her part, Prime Minister Nabbanja heaped praises on the privately owned company for the good gesture. “Bidco’s support will go a long way in procuring some doses for our people and I want to thank them for their humanitarian support as we battle the virus,” said Nabbanja. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).