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Nigeria, UN launch One Covid-19 Basket Fund to support response

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha has announced the launch of joint Nigeria-United Nations (UN) system initiative to support Covid-19 response which is the One Covid-19 Basket Fund a monumental joint initiative that signals the togetherness that humanity desires at all times.

The COVID-19 Basket Fund is launched in Abuja on Monday, it’s has been designed to serve as the One COVID-19 Financing and Investment Platform, through which the different stakeholders (including UN, other multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as private sector donors, foundations and philanthropists) can channel their financial contributions to the multisectoral efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Response.

He stated that One COVID 19 Basket Fund is robust and is capable of rapid procurement of equipment and consumables as well supporting socio-economic interventions of vulnerable groups, as well as efforts aimed at scaling up surveillance, testing, isolation, contact tracing, personal protection equipment for medical staff, disinfectants for medical facilities, risk communication, community engagement and clinical management of the critically ill.

The Basket Fund will also fund socio-economic measures, such as cash transfers or food distribution to vulnerable groups. He said the Government of Nigeria appreciates the role the UN is playing to rally partners to support our nation’s efforts to fight the pandemic, and the operationalization of the One COVID19 Basket fund will be of great help in complementing Government’s efforts to coordinate mobilization and rapid deployment of assistance where it is needed the most.

He said Nigeria wish to register its appreciation to the Secretary General of the United Nations for commending Nigeria Government’s  response to the pandemic and he assured the body that this will spur Nigeria to work harder. “We have the will, the people, the tools and now we have the financing structure”, he said.


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