President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 27; commended the public-spiritedness of some wealthy Nigerians and also organisations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari thanked members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19; for their contributions in the sum of billions of naira to curb the spread of the disease in Nigeria.
They include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu (United Bank of Africa), Herbert Wigwe (Access Bank), Segun Agbaje (Guaranty Trust Bank) as well as Jim Ovia (Zenith Bank).
He noted that UBA donated the sum of N5 billion to Nigeria and Africa; while the former Vice President pledged N50 million.
According to the President, First Bank is partnering with the government, the United Nations, and innovative technology firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under the ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.
He commended every other helping hand that has been lent by individuals, groups, and organisations; which may not necessarily be in the public domain, praying that God who sees all things would abundantly recompense.
President Buhari, however, recommended the laudable strides to other high net-worth Nigerians and organisations.
He stressed that collectively; Nigeria would overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic, and chart a new course in nationalism and brotherhood.
Meanwhile, Buhari has ordered the prompt release of N5 billion special intervention fund requested by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to equip and expand their facilities and laboratories.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, March 26.
The presidential spokesman stated that the approval would go a long way in addressing the challenges; being experienced by the Centre in the ongoing g fight against Coronavirus across the country.