The Global Battle Against Covid19: Nigerian Sector
At the time of this blog posting the Covid19 global updates stood as follows: cases: 1.2 million, deaths 65,832. This figure includes a young doctor in the front line of this battle to stop the deadly corona virus.
Philippine Heart Association on 3rd April, 2020 declared the claim of a young doctor’s life by Covid19 "while fulfilling his duties as a doctor." The agency further stated: "It is a sad day for the whole association as we have lost one of our own in the fight against COVID. He is a casualty of this war".
In Nigeria the battle is as fierce as you can imagine with the virus toll hitting 210 cases with 2 deaths. As those in front line, medical staff and support workers toil day and night to stop the bull, more humanitarian individuals and institutions have risen to the occasion with financial and resource contributions.
United Nations donated medical equipment worth £U80,000.
World Health Organisation (WHO) has committed to the battle against Covid19 by the deployment of staff and donation of laboratory supplies in the pursuit of the institutions corporate social responsibility. So says its country representative, Dr Clement Lugala Peter.
Germany donated £U5.5 for the battle against the scourge.
United Bank for Africa (UBA), Africa's Global Bank has donated N5 bn.
African Research Company, 54 Gene launched Testing Support Fund with $150,000.
Jack Ma, Chinese billionaire fought the virus with a donation of 20,000 testing kits, 10,000 protective suits.
Dangote Foundation owned by a philantropist/industrialist and global business guru Alhaji Aliko Dangote donated N200 m for the fight against the virus.
BUA group of companies donated N1.3 bn as contribution towards fight against corona virus.
Dr Mike Adenuga of Globacom gave N1.5 bn to stop the disease.
Bola Tinubu sponsored the battle with N200 m.
Femi Otedola, industrialist pledged N1 bn in a show of global solidarity against the virus.
Folorunsho Alakija, oil magnate made a donation of N1 bn to smash the scourge.
Deji Adeleke, business tycoon father of music legend Davido donated N500 m towards waging battle against Covid19.
Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) had announced donation of N1 bn to the 9 states benefiting from the commission.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the donation of 2 isolation centers and 5 ambulances to eradicate the deadly disease.
Lagos state being a critical sector has perfected plans with group of insurance companies to cover the lives of medical and front-line staff.
Our legislators, 109 senators as well as 43 ministers have indicated their preparedness to forgo half of their March salaries in their efforts towards the combat.
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The gestures of these individuals and corporate institutions acknowledges the importance of corporate social responsibility, even in the austere time like this. We identify with these efforts and shall endeavor to keep updates as much as we can.
Meanwhile a word for donors. Crowd/public funding has a common challenge everywhere in the world: abuse. Therefore donors are advised to ensure that funds are focused on PURPOSE for which they are donated.
Iyke Ozemena Esq is a Corporate Attorney/Consultant IKECHUKWU O. ODOEMELAM & CO
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