President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) for donating $655,000 to assist in combating Covid-19 in Nigeria.Buhari recalled on Wednesday that the organization had in the past donated over $3.3 million to tackle Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Africa.
“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,” Buhari said.
He reiterated his earlier charge that Nigerians should take the necessary hygiene precautions, rather than panic about the Covid-19, after the discovery of the index case in the country last week.
The Foundation on March 3, 2020, said that the money would be used to support facilities to help prevent, assess and respond to health events at Point of Entry to ensure National Health Security
The intervention by the Foundation 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, March 3, 2020 said that 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.
The Foundation is also the only Nigerian donor that attended the meeting and made monetary pledge.