Germany cancels Nigeria’s €22.4 million debt over coronavirus as the country records 195 new cases
London, April 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Republic of Germany said it has granted Nigeria debt relief amounting to N8.9 billion (€22.4 million) on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
The German debt relief come same day the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved request to borrow the sum of $3.4 billion to support COVID-19 fight.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases also same day reached a new milestone of 1,532 early on Wednesday with NCDC announcing 195 new cases.
195 new cases of #COVID19 reported;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 28, 2020
As at 11:50pm 28th April- 1532 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Deaths: 44 pic.twitter.com/oPyG4xfoa3
Also, the German government said it has successfully campaigned in the G20 group of countries and the Paris Club group of creditor countries in favour of a debt moratorium for countries heavily affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.
The European economic powerhouse stated this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
It noted, “In 2020, the German treasury relieves Nigeria of debt repayments amounting to €22.4 million (N8.9bn). This comes in addition to Germany’s support to the COVID-19 response on a global level and the support provided by the European Union to partner countries in Africa worth €3.25 billion (N1.3 trillion).
“On April 27, Germany pledged €300 million (N120bn) to the global humanitarian response plan launched by the United Nations to fight COVID-19.”
Furthermore, Germany said it has also pledged a total of €12 million (N4.8bn) in additional support to the West Africa Health Organisation, the regional health institution of the ECOWAS.
The new allocation, Berlin said, is earmarked for the purchase of vital medical supplies and laboratory equipment, training measures, and more generally, cooperation in pandemic prevention at the national and regional levels.
“Clearly, the current crisis goes beyond national and even continental borders and can only be fought effectively in a cooperative way. We need more international cooperation, not less”, German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, stated.