American business magnate, Bill and his wife Melinda, through their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated one million dollars to help battle COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The fund was received on Tuesday by the UN Finance support platform, One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund, Channels Television reports.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, it is aimed at supporting the country’s response in the management of the crisis and the realities of post-crisis, particularly in the protection of vulnerable persons.
Mohamed Yahya, the UNDP Representative in Nigeria, said in a statement that as a COVID-19 response financing and investment platform, the One UN Response Basket Fund provides a timely opportunity to stand with Nigeria and channel financial contributions toward the COVID-19 multi-sectoral response.
On 6 April 2020, the One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund was launched by the UN in collaboration with the Government of Nigeria. It serves as the One COVID-19 Financing and Investment Platform, through which different stakeholders (including UN, other multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as private sector donors, foundations and philanthropists) can channel their financial support to the multi-sectoral efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Response.
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