To flatten the curve of COVID-19 pandemic and protect the frontline workers, the Nigerian Diaspora COVID-19 Eradication Support Group as well as other Diaspora groups, including the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA) Nido Americas and Nido China mobilised funds to procure Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) worth N48 million.
Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada alongside Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa jointly presented the items to the chairman and members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Gabriel Odu of NIDCOM’s media, public relations and protocol unit in Abuja Sunday.
The statement quoted the minister as acknowledging the contributions of Nigerians in Diaspora and urged them to keep contributing towards the nation’s development.
Also speaking, the NIDCOM boss, Hon Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that every state was captured in the distribution of the PPE for frontline medical and paramedical staff in all the teaching hospitals and federal medical centers across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT.)
Chairman PTF on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha, represented by Permanent Secretary General Services Office OSGF, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi Adekunle who received the fifty three thousand and thirty six items, commended the wisdom of the federal government for establishing the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for galvanising the donations.
In his remarks, National Coordinator COVID-19, Dr Aliyu said the donations would escalate areas of coverage, especially for the frontline workers.
He urged more Nigerians to get involved in the fight against the deadly pandemic still ravaging communities.
The complete set of PPEs, described as durable, reusable and of very high quality and all produced in Nigeria by Nigerians