NICO Life and NICO Pensions have donated personal protective equipment (PPEs), worth K6m to University of Malawi (UNIMA) as the constituent colleges prepare for resumption of physical academic classes.
Learning institutions that were closed some six months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are set to be reopened after the first week of September and UNIMA is making sure it is ready to follow the preventive guidelines set by the Ministry of Education & Technology.
But since they have over 1,000 members of staff, the UNIMA itself could not afford to meet some of the guidelines from its own resources and thus asked various stakeholders. NICO Life and NICO Pensions have come in to provide 2,000 N95 masks; 2,000 general masks and 81 face shields.
UNIMA Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Al Mtenje commended NICO’s willingness to assist the entire UNIMA with the PPE’s, saying this will assist them to follow the guidelines which are necessary for staff and students to be safe and secure. “We are very grateful for this donation by NICO which will go a long way in ensuring that our staff are protected as they prepare for the resumption of classes as well as hold this classes,” Mtenje said.
In his remarks, NICO Life Chief Executive Officer, Eric Chapola said the group felt that supporting the colleges is important as these institutions are frequented by not just students and staff but a lot of people from the general public. “The pandemic has deeply affected all of us and the education sector was hit even harder with schools remaining closed for months.”
“With the possibility of schools reopening in September, we hope that students and staff can return to their studies with their hearts more at ease because of this donation,” Chapola said.
He added that they came forward to assist because the NICO Group is one of the beneficiaries of the products that UNIMA produces, including himself.