In an announcement today by the United Bank of Africa Plc (UBA), a donation of over 5 billion Naira, 14 million USD equivalent has been released through the UBA Foundation to foster a comprehensive pan-African response in fighting against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has hit the world.
The press releases explained- “the donation will cover significant and much needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries, by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to the government. The UBA support program will be allocated as follows:
N1 billion (USD 2.8 million) to Lagos State Government in Nigeria
N500 million (USD 1.4 million) to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
N1 billion (USD 2.8 million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria
N1.5 billion (USD 4.2 million) to UBA’s presence countries in Africa
N1 billion (USD 2.8 million) for Medical Centres with equipment and supplies
Besides, the pan-African bank will immediately fund a medical center in Lagos, Nigeria with beds for isolation and ICU facilities, managed and operated in partnership with the Heirs Holdings’ healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital”.
Moreso, UBA is providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice for citizens, in compliance with social distancing order.
According to UBA Group Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu, “this is a time when we must all play our part. This global pandemic must bring citizens, governments and business leaders together – and quickly. As we see a rapidly increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus in Nigeria and Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various government, in stemming the spread of the global pandemic.
He added, ” We commend the efforts of government and we are keen to partner and contribute our resources to the collective effort, that will ensure that response to the pandemic is swift and effective”.
The United Bank of Africa with operation in 20 African Countries and globally in The United Kingdom, The United States and France have a strong record of supporting communities in challenging times.
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