Nigeria’s leading foods & infrastructure conglomerate, BUA Group, through its founder Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu has announced additional N3.3 billion grant to Kano, Lagos states and the presidential task force on COVID-19 towards fighting against the raging pandemic,
The donation from the BUA Foundation is in addition to BUA’s earlier contributions to the private sector-led CACOVID coalition and donations to other states. Rabiu had, on 26 March, 2020, announced a donation of N1bn cash through the BUA Foundation to strengthen national response to COVID-19 battle.
Announcing this in a statement on Sunday, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu said Kano, which had seen a spike in the number of cases lately, including hundreds of unexplained deaths, would get N2 billion, while Lagos which had the highest number of confirmed cases in Nigeria would get N1 billion.
He also placed an order for an additional donation of equipment and medical supplies, including testing kits and medical protective gear to nine states in Nigeria.
A statement from its Corporate Communications said in addition, the company also announced another donation of N300million to Sokoto, Edo and Ogun states to assist in galvanizing a coordinated response and adequate preparedness in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in this states.
He said the sum of N300million would go to the Presidential task force. 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 task force, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other stakeholders in equipping two existing permanent facilities in Kano and Lagos States, which he described as the two epicentres of the virus in Nigeria.
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