Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID-19) has stepped up its complimentary efforts towards freeing the nation of the Pandemic.
The Coalition which is being spearheaded by Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) and Access Bank Plc, according to ADF CEO, Zouera Youssoufou and Head of Corp Communication of Access Bank, Amaechi Okobi, is already building isolation centres across the country and will begin the training of medical personnel for speedy action and also provide relief packages to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
The duo in a briefing at the weekend noted that already, more private sectors have volunteered to join hands towards transparent and judicious use of the funds being pooled together by the CACOVID.
KPMG is offering audit service to the coalition while Price Waterhouse Cooper is offering its project management expertise to speed up activities.
The coalition said it would be updating Nigerians on its activities and pleaded with Nigerians to play their own part towards sacking the Pandemic from Nigeria.
Bothered by increasing trend and spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the Presidential Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee, set up in 2012 by the Federal Government and led by the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, had announced a donation of N1.5 billion, to further curtail the virus spread.
Announcing the donation after an emergency meeting, Chairman of the committee, Dangote, said it had become imperative for all well-meaning Nigerians to dip their hands into their pockets and help the federal government in fighting this deadly virus, that has also claimed 11 lives in Nigeria.
He said: “The reality of the Pandemic has set in now in Nigeria and all hands must be on deck to save our country from its attendant crisis. So far, so good, we need to sustain the momentum and ensure that we curtail the spread”
The mandate of the committee was to provide support for flood victims, and by extension, similar related disaster relief situation in the country.
It would be recalled that the committee assisted victims of communal clashes and insurgency on several occasions in line with its terms of reference.
In attendance at the emergency meeting were: Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Tunde Lemo, Karami Rabiu, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa among others. Among the members who supported the decision taken at the meeting but who could not be in attendance were the co-chairman of the Committee, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, Prof. Sani A. Lugga, Hajiya Fatimma Wali-Abdurraham, Hajara Alkali, among others.