By Fadekemi Ajakaiye
Property World Africa Network (PWAN) Group, a real estate marketing company, recently, presented food items to some families at Sangotedo in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State to assist them in cushioning the effects of the lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beneficiaries went home with rice, noodles, vegetable oil, tomato paste enough to last a family seven days, according to officials of PWAN.
Also, over 1,000 pieces of Ankara face mask were distributed to the residents, who were encouraged to embrace safety advice given by government and medical experts as a measure to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman of PWAN Group, Dr. Augustine Onwumere, said he was deeply touched seeing that the stay-at-home order, which ordinarily is a positive move by government to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, had unfortunately subjected many families to hunger and serious economic challenges.
“As a responsible corporate organisation, we could not just sit back and watch residents of our host community languish in extreme hunger, without making efforts to cushion their sufferings.
“Lockdown without food is a knock down; that is why we took necessary steps to ensure that everyone benefited from our food distribution exercise,” Onwmere, said.
The Managing Director of PWAN Plus Business Concerns Limited, an affiliate company of the PWAN Group, Julius Oyedemy, who coordinated the exercise, added; “The essence is to support the Federal government in spreading help to the unreached. As an organisation, we are targeting to reaching out to over 1000 families and suffering masses who cannot afford food at this critical time of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Oyedemi explained that, the exercised, which began on April 25 in Sangotedo, would be replicated in over 15 communities in Eti-Osa, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe local government areas where PWAN Group is located.
To achieve quality distribution as well as ensure social distancing, the Group collaborated with Eti-Osa local government officials, the police and community heads. That conscious arrangement reduced the scramble for the food stuff to a harmless to small groups of residents eager to grab a piece of the generous package.
“What we are doing is also a kind of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the communities to touch lives at this point in time where people are hungry,” he said.