About 25.2 billion Naira has been raised by Nigerian government, private companies and wealthy individuals to combat Covid-19 in the most populous nation in Africa.
As at this morning (March 30), there are now 722, 000 coronavirus cases globally with about 34,000 deaths and 152 recoveries. There are currently 111 cases reported in Nigeria with one fatality. South Africa has 1,280 cases with two deaths. In total, there are about Africa has about 4,200 cases and 134 deaths.
Federal Government (10 billion Naira grant), Federal Government (5 billion Naira intervention fund), Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Igwe, Segun Agbaje and Aliko Dangote donated 1 billion each (totalling 5 billion Naira), United Bank for Africa (5 billion Naira) and Senator Bola tinubu (200 million Naira).
The sum of the above fund raised is 25.2 billion Naira – other than other donation that will come one later or not yet recorded.
President Muhammadu Buhari says the 10 billion Naira money will be released to Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial center, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Tinubu’s donation is to support current effort of the Federal Government towards curbing the spread of Corona Virus or Covid-19 in the country.
The President is also releasing a 5 billion Naira (about $13 million) special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
The United Bank for Africa (UBA) donated 5 billion Naira (about $13 million) to provide beds for isolation centers, intensive care unit facilities and direct access to medical advice to up to 450,000 citizens every day.
Asiwaju Tinubu’s annual birthday celebration, which was often accompanied by a colloquium, would have been held as was done in the last 12 years. ”We could not do so this year but by God’s grace we will do so again”, he said.
In pursuant to his pledge, Tinubu clarified that N100 million will be made available to the government of Lagos State and another N100 million to NCDC to support their efforts in fighting the scourge of COVID-19 ”Together, we will overcome this disease,” Tinubu said.