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Covid-19: China-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce donates N48m to Nigeria

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The China-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce has presented a symbolic cheque in the sum of N48,120,000 to the COVID Support Fund of Nigeria to help to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, this gesture underscores the deep relationship between Nigeria and China. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation who he is also the Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the Press Conference, he said the donation was well appreciated as the China Ambassador to Nigeria also informed the PTF that the 3rd phase of the Medical Supplies from the Government of China is ready for airlift.

He emphasized that all donations go into various designated collection accounts opened by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and swept into a Treasury Single Account (TSA) with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on a daily basis. “The PTF does not manage any COVID-19 related donation or funds”. The PTF noted that the number of cases reported have risen to 873 across 25 states and the FCT with 197 discharges and 28 fatalities. “I have mentioned these numbers in order to underscore the need for citizens to comply with advisories strictly so that we can slowdown the spread of the virus.

These advisories still remain the most effective way of flattening the curve. “The situation in Kano is still being assessed and monitored closely. Based on preliminary findings, the PTF has directed the NCDC to send an enhanced support team, mobilize resources for contact tracing and immediately ensure that necessary steps are taken in conjunction with State Government to contain the spread of the pandemic in Kano and stop the city from becoming the next epicentre”, he said. The PTF viewed with some measure of concern the non-compliance by private medical facilities with the directive to seek accreditation before treating COVID-19 related cases.

“The highly infectious nature of COVID-19 if not well managed in purpose-built facilities and specialists, pose a lot of danger not just to the medical staff in such hospitals but also to other patients and loved ones at home. We therefore appeal strongly to operators of private medical facilities wishing to continue to treat COVID-19 cases to apply to the Federal Ministry of Health urgently, for accreditation”, he said. He thanked the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto for endorsing the recommendations of the Emergency Fatwah Committee by directing the Ummah on the suspension of obligatory religious activities during the Ramadan. “I wish to reiterate the importance of complying with these directives as a major thrust for the control of the spread of this pandemic.

I implore all State Governors once again, to apply these directives in their States as they consider measures to be taken. May the Ramadan season be of immense blessings to our nation and the world”, he said. He said he brought to Nigerians the message of hope and the message of strength. “I encourage you to comply with all the advisories and to continue to be your brothers’ keeper especially given the unintended impact of the lockdown on the poor, the needy, the aged, the vulnerable, persons living with disabilities and the sick. This is the time to show the essence of the fear of God and love for humanity in us”, he said.

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