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Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Konga pledges support for Nigerians - ITREALMS

Konga, Nigeria’s foremost composite e-commerce giant, has once again assured Nigerians of its utmost commitment to ensuring that essential deliveries reach them, irrespective of their locations, especially as the country gradually approaches a shut-down in order to slow down the dreaded coronavirus.

‘‘We are structured for times like this and will not disappoint with critical supplies and that is why our strategic logistics/retail stores will remain open in many states across five7t economic zones,’’ disclosed Konga Co- CEO, Prince Nnamdi.

Indeed, the Federal Government is set to enforce a total shut-down of the country as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19. Earlier, bans had been imposed on mass gatherings, with airports, markets, schools and religious gatherings, all as part of preventive measures. In addition, Nigerians had been strongly advised to observe social distancing and to spend more time at home.

However, Konga had been arguably the first Nigerian corporate organization to anticipate the potential critical nature of the coronavirus pandemic, for which it displayed a high-level emergency readiness. Weeks before the pandemic started spreading rapidly across Nigeria, Konga had internally activated a comprehensive preventive compliance system which drew widespread commendation. Equally important, Konga had also set up a N10m intervention fund, amongst other incentives which it has started disbursing via shopping vouchers, to ease the impact of the COVID-19 scourge on Nigerians.

And with the impending shut-down sparking fears among Nigerians, Konga has assured that it would continue to ensure that deliveries of essential materials such as medicine, groceries, food items, health equipment and other important homes needs are delivered to the last mile, through Kxpress, its internally owned logistics company, irrespective of customers’ locations nationwide.

‘‘We are available online 24 hours,’’ Prince Ekeh declared.

Also speaking, Head of Kxpress, Emmanuel Ekuma, affirmed that, with the lock-down, Nigerian definitely have essential requirements which must be met; even as he held that Konga will strive to keep meeting these needs promptly.

‘‘We are in uncertain times, a time when many have been asked to spend more time at home in order to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. However, it is an open secret that the millions of Nigerians who have to stay at home have essential needs which must be met.

‘‘Consequently, we realize that these Nigerians require the services provided by Konga even more critically n0w. Therefore, we wish to assure all Nigerians that we will continue to do our utmost best to ensure that we deliver all essential materials required to the last mile, wherever they may be. It is part of our commitment to stand with Nigerians at this difficult period.

‘‘Fighting the coronavirus to a standstill requires the collective effort of all of us. So, we also wish to seize this opportunity to implore all Nigerians to observe better personal hygiene, practice social distancing and stay at home. On our own part, we will continue to work with the Federal, State and Local Governments to ensure that we have access to always deliver essential products to you throughout this period,’’ he submitted.

Nigeria has been battling to contain the coronavirus scourge since an undisclosed Italian, who returned to the country on February 24 became the first confirmed case. Although the Italian has made a full recovery and has now been discharged, Nigeria has however racked up more confirmed cases of the coronavirus thus far, further sparking fears of a major crisis. As a result, the government has come up with more stringent measures to ensure the containment of the coronavirus pandemic.

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