RUGUNDA DROWNS IN COVID GOODIES DONATED BY BIDCO
By Mulengera Reporters
If you thought the Shs100m and other freebies donated earlier by Masese/Jinja-based BIDCO Uganda Ltd was all the company had to offer, just read this. Besides the money and goodies that were handed over to the Jinja taskforce at Busoga Square and similar support earlier on extended to Buvuma District taskforce as well as the Federation of Uganda Media Practitioners, BIDCO Group CFO Mathew Kok has once again led a delegation to donate to the COVID19 National Taskforce in Kampala where Premier Ruhakana Rugunda cheerfully received them. To Rugunda, the company top executives handed over a brand new Mazda Pick-up; 40 tons of cooking oil; 1,300 cartons of soap; 73,000 cartons of detergents and hard cash of Shs505,520,000.
And this is how CFO Mathew Kok rationalized the donation while speaking at the OPM reception center: “As a company, we are concerned about the plight of the people in the community where we serve. So, as soon as the President came up with a mobilization strategy to support the government response to contain the pandemic, we thought of ways on how to come in and be part of this fundraising effort as a responsible corporate citizen.” Mr. Kok added that their corporate social responsibility, as a responsible business entity, provides for extending support in such situations.
He said they are prepared to support Ugandans for as long as the available resources permit. Indeed, true to character, on top of all the different things they have done so far, BIDCO has also been generously supporting communities in Kalangala where some of their key palm oil activities are epicentered to remain resilient through this COVID19 lockdown that has paralyzed many people’s economic activities while almost crippling their livelihood as well.
Rugunda, who was flanked by Minister Mary Karoro, commended BIDCO Uganda Limited (an FMCH Company) saying he was happy they had lived up to the high expectations government has in them as one of the very important strategic allies in causing economic development and transformation to this country.
The Premier specifically referred to the role BIDCO Uganda Ltd has played in strengthening manufacturing processes in this country resulting into increased export volumes to several markets in the region; and subsequently bring in the badly needed forex. BIDCO, a leading manufacturer of edible cooking oil for Ugandan households and the regional export market, is situated in Masese Village in Jinja Municipality.
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