In its effort towards curbing the spread of coronavirus that is spiralling, especially in Lagos and Kano States, Chairman, BUA Group Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, has announced a N3.3billion grant to deal with COVID-19 pandemic in the two states.
Making this announcement on Sunday, Rabiu said Kano, which had witnessed upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases and unexplained deaths will be given N2billion, while Lagos which had the highest number of confirmed cases in Nigeria would get N1 billion.
He said the sum of N300million would go to the Presidential Taskforce.
It will be recalled that BUA Group had earlier contributed to the private sector-led CACOVID coalition and donations to other states.
Rabiu said the N3.3 billion grant which he was committing through the BUA Foundation would be managed by a working group made up of the presidential taskforce, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other stakeholders in equipping two existing permanent facilities in Kano and Lagos States.
The statement reads:
“I view with deep concern, the increased rate of spread of the coronavirus especially in Kano and Lagos despite concerted collective efforts to curb the spread and effect of the virus in Nigeria. I also wish to commend the leadership shown by the taskforce as well as the NCDC in this fight. However, we all know more needs to be done.
“Based on what is going on especially in Kano at the moment, we have decided in the immediate, to commit a 3.3 billion naira grant to a working group made of the presidential taskforce, NCDC and other stakeholders in equipping two existing permanent facilities in Kano and Lagos States –whilst collaborating with the teaching hospitals in those states.
“To this end, I am immediately committing and making available –through the BUA Foundation, two grants of the two billion naira for the Kano-based intervention and one billion naira for Lagos State being the two epicentres of this virus in Nigeria. A sum of N300million will also be made available immediately in cash to the presidential taskforce to assist with logistical and operational activities of the taskforce. This grants in addition to BUA’s earlier contributions to the private sector led CACOVID coalition and donations to other states.
“The working group will be expected to use resources at its disposal to ensure this facilities – to be determined by the working group –are fully equipped in the shortest possible time. I believe this will effectively help to expand the scope of interventions, ongoing research as well as support already stretched medical facilities dedicated to this fight.”