June 23, 2021, Jinja: Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, H.E the President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni instituted a National and District Task Forces to help in combating COVID19 in the country.
In the spirit of standing together with the government, Nile Breweries Ltd on Wednesday donated fuel worth 2500 litres to Jinja and Buikwe Covid Task Forces to offset transportation expenses related to the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the two local governments.
The country is amid the Covid-19 pandemic situation that has posed both health and economic challenges not only in Uganda but the world over.
The donation was received by the Jinja and Buikwe Covid Task Forces led by Fabian Nuwagaba and Jane Francis Kagayi respectively at the Jinja brewery.
Speaking at the scientific handover ceremony, Bosco Omech, the Acting Plant Manager at Jinja revealed that they came up with the donation because the District Task forces have a noble responsibility of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in their respective areas.
‘’We felt that it is necessary to facilitate the District task forces by donating fuel to assist the team in implementing the ministry of health standard operating procedures (SOPs)’’,said Omech.
According to NBL, the contribution is to ease the transportation of the Covid Task Force teams, distribution of vaccines, contact tracing and other related activities.
The fuel donations will supplement the local government’s efforts in combating the pandemic. NBL joins a consortium of companies to support government efforts in this time and encourage Ugandans to practice safety and health precautions as advised by the Ministry of Health.
“The purpose of Nile Breweries Ltd, which is ‘Bringing people together for a Better World’, remains as relevant as ever, in these challenging times,” Valencia added.
Jane Francis Kagayi, the Buikwe Resident District Commissioner in expressing gratitude, noted that the donation will “go a long way” in supporting the activities of the District Task force.
‘’ COVID-19 has created unprecedented health and economic challenges that have impacted all sectors and the nation at large, and a whole-of-government approach is in place to curb the spread and flatten the curve of the virus. With the support from the private sector like Nile Breweries, it boosts our efforts of combating COVID19’’, Kagayi said as she appealed to the public to follow the SOPs put in place by the ministry of Health.
Fabian Nuwagaba , the Jinja City District Internal Security Officer(DISO) who represented the area Resident City Commissioner (RCC) said that the donation will support the work of the taskforce as they traverse across the length and breadth of the city to do contact tracing, surveillance and public awareness and outreach.
The company is also donating fuel worth 1500 litres each to Mbarara Covid Task forces and Kampala Capital City Authority Covid Task forces.Collectively the donation has cost the company Shs19M.
“Times such as these call for individuals, communities, public and private sectors to rally together in efforts to fight the fast spreading disease and support each other. It shows the strength in the community,” said David Valencia, NBL director.
Valencia emphasised the company’s commitment to supporting our communities especially at times such as these is critical for all stakeholders as together we have a stake in our country and in the districts of Buikwe and Jinja.
Valencia called upon Ugandans to support initiatives by the government of Uganda to combat the spread of Covid-19 and follow the presidential directives issued.
The function was also attended by Peter Mawerere, the Jinja City Town Clerk among other officials from Nile Breweries.
Last year, Nile Breweries donated 25,000kgs of maize food worth Shs 52M to communities in Buikwe, Jinja and Kampala. It also donated 2400 litres of fuel to the Covid Task forces of the districts.