Mr. Ade Sun-Basorun is Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, FoodCo Nigeria Limited, a diversified consumer goods company, based in Ibadan with network of branches in parts of Southwest, Nigeria. He speaks on how his company is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our first commitment is to the safety of our staff and customers at this particular time. We have taken significant actions to adjust our operations to account for this. That said, we see it as a civic duty that our customers continue to count on us for continuous access to quality food, toiletries and household essentials that they have come to know us for. So far, we have been able to deliver this, while keeping our full staff strength, working and earning their full salaries. Our hope is that the working environment and the climate allows us to continue to do that. That said, we recognise that the situation is fluid and we will have to continue to evaluate both our operations and all of the aspects of the operations as the situation continues to evolve.

Steps taken thus far

Suffice to say that we set up a special monitoring team as soon as the first case was confirmed in Nigeria. Fallout of this is a number of steps that we have implemented which includes daily screening of our staff and if any member of our team shows COVID-19 symptoms, they will be advised to immediately report to the NCDC after which we will continue remote monitoring of the case.

Of course, before that, we have had series of orientation sessions with our team and part of the take-away is the deep cleaning process which we carry out hourly across every inch of our outlet including every surface too.

Furthermore, we have restricted traffic into our outlet and we have suspended all activities in our entertainment centre. In response to fears of a shortfall in essential supplies, we have increased stock levels for high demand items across all FoodCo outlets.

We are also launching a delivery service to allow customers receive products at home while staying safely isolated. This service has been launched in Lagos and will be rolled out in Ibadan shortly as well.

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