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Nigeria’s private sector make donations to fight coronavirus

Many of Nigeria’s private sector leaders have made large donations to the government to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Bankers and industrialists including Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Jim Ovia have each donated $2.5m.

Access Bank and Dangote Industries – with the help of Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, MTN and others – spearheaded a private sector initiative last week called the Coalition Against Coronavirus (CACOVID).

The organisation will work to fight coronavirus by raising public awareness, supporting healthcare professionals, institutions and governments, and by mobilising private sector leadership and resources.

“We are pulling together resources across industries to provide technical and operational support, while providing funding and building advocacy through aggressive awareness drives,” said the CEO of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe.

Nigeria today has 131 confirmed cases as Africa’s most populous country announced a lockdown for major cities starting yesterday.

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