BEDC Electricity Plc (BEDC) has commenced the distribution of 100 specialized had washing machines to federal and state government hospitals, agencies, palaces and public institutions as well as strategic markets and communities in its franchise states of Delta, Edo, Ondo and Ekiti as part of efforts towards promoting safety practices among the people.

According to BEDC, the gesture is a further demonstration of its sensitivity to residents of its coverage areas over the hardship occasioned by the pandemic by promoting hygienic habits which are one the major safety protocols for managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation, which commenced in Benin, Edo State comprised of 30 pieces of automatic and manual hand- washing machines to Edo, 30 to Delta and 40 to Ondo and Ekiti states, respectively, in addition to the earlier food palliatives donated to the franchise states to cushion the effect of the global pandemic.

Addressing the media in Benin, before the commencement of the distribution, Chief State Head, Edo State, Mr. Abel Enechaziam who said the presentation of the handwashing machines were in phases, noted that the items were aimed at encouraging hands washing as a way of life.

“This is peculiar because we want people to form the habit of hand washing as COVID 19 appears to have come to stay with us and as such we have to maintain regular hygiene practice including hand washing to overcome the challenges posed by COVID 19,” he said.

Also contributing Team lead , Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Mrs. Felicia Nlemoha said that the hand washing machines would “go a step further to show we are interested in our host communities, as their safety is paramount to us”