President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) for donating N200 million to assist in combating the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The ADF on Tuesday pledged a whooping sum of N200million to support current effort of the Nigerian government towards curbing the spread of Corona Virus or Covid-19 in the country.
The President on Wednesday recalled the organisation’s past donation of N1 billion to tackle the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa, commending the public-spiritedness of the gesture to other well-to-do individuals and groups.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted Buhari as stating : “Hand in hand, standing shoulder to shoulder, we can confront our challenges as a country. This is a path for us all to follow as a people.”
The President reiterated his earlier charge that Nigerians take the necessary hygiene precautions rather than panic about the Novel Coronavirus after the discovery of the index case in the country last week.
ADF’s intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organization in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus since Nigeria recorded its first index case last month in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Ms. Zouera Youssoufou, represented by the Health and Nutrition Programme Officer Maryam Shehu-Buhari, at a donor coordinating meeting in Abuja on Tuesday said the donation was part of the Foundation’s cardinal objective of partnering with governments at all levels against the dreaded disease in Nigeria and the rest of Africa