Lagos — An industrialist and founder of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, yesterday announced a donation of N1bn cash through the BUA Foundation to strengthen national response to fight COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
He has 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.
Rabiu said these medical supplies, billed to arrive Nigeria soon, would be sent to Lagos, Kano, Adamawa, Edo, Kwara, Rivers, Abia, Akwa-Ibom and Sokoto.
He said each of the states would receive about 100,000 protective facemasks, 1000 high grade medical protection and isolation gear, 2000 protective goggles, 1000 gloves and 1000 testing kits, among other things..
He said it was imperative for the private sector to support the government's effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the N1billion donation would be done through the Central Bank of Nigeria-led "Private Sector Coalition Committee against COVID-19".
"This donation will not only provide additional needed funds to the government and NCDC's efforts but will also serve to protect healthcare and medical workers on the frontlines of fighting the pandemic.