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United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) has announced a donation of over 5 billion Naira (USD14 million), through the UBA Foundation, to fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.
According to a statement released by the organisation; the donation will provide significant and much needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries, by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to Governments. The UBA support programme will be allocated as follows:
N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to Lagos State Government in Nigeria, N500 million (USD1.4 million) to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria, N1.5 billion (USD4.2 million) to UBA’s presence countries in Africa, and Free Telemedicine call centre facility.
The bank says it will fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos, with beds for isolation and ICU facilities, managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’ healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.
UBA Group Chairman Tony O. Elumelu, stated ‘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 Governments, in stemming the spread of the global pandemic.