Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest businessman, has donated a mobile testing centre with the capacity to test 400 people for COVID-19 daily, to the Kano State Government.
Equally important, Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje; made this known in a statement in Kano, on Saturday, May 2.
Indeed, Anwar said that the donation by Dangote was announced by Ganduje during a briefing of the State Task Force on COVID-19, held at the Government House, Kano.
Specifically, he said: “As we are targeting more Testing Centres in the state; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has donated a Mobile Testing Centre with the capacity to test 400 people daily. The facility is coming to Kano on Monday, May 4.
“Rising cases of positive COVID-19 patients is a thing of great concern to the governor.
“Though we are aware that with the bouncing back of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Testing Centre; which has the capacity to test 88 samples per day and the testing centre at Bayero University, Kano; that can test 20 persons daily, there will be a rise in identified positive cases.”
Meanwhile, scores of aggrieved Indian workers at the Dangote Oil Refinery Company in Lagos State have accused their employer of forcing them to work without pay or protection; amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Indeed, they claimed to be employed by GTA Power Mech Nigeria Ltd.; a joint venture between Power Mech Projects Limited and Skipper T&D undertaking projects in Africa.
Specifically, an unidentified man, who spoke in a foreign language on behalf of the group, said, “We, the citizens of India, are speaking from Dangote Refinery; which is situated almost 60km away from Lagos in Nigeria. We are workers of the Dangote Refinery.
“The whole world is suffering from coronavirus, which is a global pandemic. Nigeria has also announced its lockdown. During this lockdown, the workers of Power Mech Company are being forced to work. The staff here are forcing us to work through physical violence.
“We request our Home Minister, Mr Amit Shah, and Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi; to kindly understand our problems and help us get out of this situation by taking necessary steps to protect and save our lives.”