The coronavirus, which has already affected every country in the world in one way or another, is currently taking a toll not only on the health of the nations, but also on their financial situation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it was clear that Nigeria wasn’t able to overcome it on its own, and here are the donations Nigeria received for the fight against COVID-19.
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1. Mike Adenuga
Last week, the Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga announced a ₦1.5 billion donation to Nigeria dedicated to battling the coronavirus. The donation will be divided between the Federal government and the Lagos government, who will get ₦1 million and ₦500,000 respectively. Adenuga, who runs a telecom business, is one of the several wealthiest people in Nigeria who made a sizable donation.
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2. Nigerian senators
In late March of 2020, when it was clear that the situation with the coronavirus was only going to get more complicated, the Senate of Nigeria made an announcement that all Nigerian senators will donate 50% of the salaries to the efforts of mitigating the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, donating half of one’s salary is a commendable move.
3. Atiku Abubakar
The former Nigerian Vice President, who remained an influential figure in Nigerian politics until nowadays, has made a coronavirus-directed donation in late March of 2020. His donation amounted to ₦50 million and was issued by Priam Group in Abubakar’s name. The former VP’s donation is expected to go towards the stimulus package created for Nigerians by the government.
4. Tony Elumelu
Tony Elumelu, the chairman of the United Bank for Africa Group, made the news on March 26, 2020, with his announcement. According to the announcement, the UBA is expected to donate over ₦5 billion to the coronavirus relief fund. The majority of the money donated by the UBA will be distributed between Nigerian states, but ₦1.5 billion will go towards the 14 African countries where the UBA also operates.
5. Folorunsho Alakija
The richest woman in Nigeria, Folorunsho Alakija, announced her donation towards the coronavirus relief fund at the beginning of April. The businesswoman vouched to donate ₦1 billion to the entities responsible for fighting the pandemic. She also commended the government’s efforts in limiting the spread of the disease and praised the private sector and individuals for their contributions to the fight against COVID-19.
Despite fighting their own battle with the coronavirus, Germany is also taking the time and effort to help other nations who are also struggling. Earlier this month, Germany announced its ₦2.2 billion donation to Nigeria that will be delivered through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund and will be spent on delivering shelter, food, and water to the individuals who have been severely affected by the pandemic.
The United Nations lives up to its name even during the complicated situation we are going through right now. In early April, the UN announced that it will donate over ₦7.7 million to Nigeria to help the country overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to buy life-saving medicine and equipment used to treat people with the coronavirus.
8. Deji Adeleke
Deji Adeleke, the father of Nigeria’s favourite musician, Davido, surprised the fans and regular Nigerians by making a ₦1 billion donation towards coronavirus relief. His donation was split into two equal parts: ₦500 million was given to the Federal Government, while the other ₦500 million was donated to the people of Osun state, his home state, in the form of food items.
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