Naira rain in Nigeria as citizens, companies donate to coronavirus course
London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Wealthy Nigerians and corporate bodies have turn on the naira tap in a bid to assist the government curb the effects of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country
Wealthy Nigerians and organizations, including banks, are outwitting others and donating billions of Naira to help fund medical centres and provide essential materials necessary to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has presented a N1 billion cheque to the Lagos State Government as part of the bank’s commitment to help curb the effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is also in fulfilment of its N5 billion commitment made by the UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, last week
Whilst presenting the cheque to the Lagos State Governor at the Government House in Marina, UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Uzoka, said that as a socially responsible institution, UBA cares for its communities and for Lagos State which has recorded the highest number of positive cases thus far, needing special attention
Wealthy members of the private sector including Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, all contributed 1 billion Naira (about $2.7 million) each to support the government in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.
CACOVID(Coalition Against COVID-19) is an initiative that I am leading with other private sector leaders&our common goal is to support ongoing Government initiatives with our resources in the fight against Covid-19. We are in this together & I am optimistic we will overcome.(2/2)— Aliko Dangote (@AlikoDangote) March 29, 2020
On Sunday, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Famfa Oil Limited, Modupe and Folorunso Alakija also donated N1 billion to support Nigeria’s fight against Coronavirus.
According to them, “As the world rallies to deal with the health, security, economic and social implications of the coronavirus, it’s clear that we will feel the effects much more deeply than many of the developed world.
“Managing a crisis of this magnitude means that the strength of our response will determine our ability to weather the storm.”
“Individually and collectively, we are rising to this unprecedented challenge in a way that symbolizes our resilience, our character and strength. Famfa Oil Ltd is pleased to be able to make this contribution,” they said in a statement issued by the company on Sunday.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the public-spiritedness of wealthy Nigerians and organizations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic,” reads a statement released Friday by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity
Nigerian cabinet Ministers would not be left out in the naira rain season, they have donated 50% of their March 2020 salaries to support the Federal Government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, quoted the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, who coordinated the donation, as saying it was a gesture of solidarity and support by the 43 ministers for the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle the disease.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday also joined the coronavirus benevolent gesture when it handed over medical equipment to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospitals in Gwagwalada, the Federal Capital Territory.
According to a statement by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, this was done to intensify the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
The equipment handed over to the hospital includes the following:
An oxygen generating plant; one brand new ambulance, six NNPC operational ambulance vehicles, one big ventilator, one small ventilator, patient monitor, hospital beds, bedside cupboards, overtop tables, air conditioners, fully automated 5-part hematology analyzer and semi-automated chemistry analyzer.
Other items are alert blood culture analyzer, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) device, pro-express Samsung printer, binocular microscope, tabletop centrifuge, and pipettes.
Aside the donations, the Nigerian government has also released N15 billion (about $30 million) to fight the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the country.
According to a statement from President Muhammadu Buhari, the money will be released to Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial centre, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. “This grant will enable Lagos increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building,” President Buhari said in a tweet.
The immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State, which remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria. This grant will enable Lagos increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC announced 14 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday night, taking Nigeria’s tally to 111.
Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos and 5 in FCT— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 29, 2020
As at 09:30 pm 29th March there are 111 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death. pic.twitter.com/qowI0bEPAg
Out the 14, Lagos has 9 cases and Abuja, the Federal Capital 5.
“As at 09:30 pm 29th March there are 111 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death”, NCDC said.