The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has confirmed in a statement on Wednesday, April 1, the sum of money gathered from concerned Nigerians and organizations as a support to combat the global pandemic, Coronavirus.
Giving an update on the supports from concerned individuals, corporate firms and banks, Mr Isaac Okorafor, the CBN Director of Corporate Communications hinted that all money received by the CBN so far is N15bn.
Naija News understands that all the donations were centred to the account set up under the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
According to an update by Mr Okorafor in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, the money donated to the fight against the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria came from 37 donors which include individuals, banks and other corporate organisations.
Isaac stated: “A breakdown of the contributions showed that CBN and Aliko Dangote donated 2 Billion each.
“Abdul Samad Rabiu (Bua Sugar Refinery), Segun Agbaje (GTB); Tony Elumelu (UBA); Oba Otudeko (First Bank); Jim Ovia (Zenith Bank); Herbert Wigwe (Access Bank) and Femi Otedola of Amperion Power Distribution donated N1 Billion each to the relief fund.
“Pacific Holding Ltd, Union Bank Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Citi Bank Nigeria Ltd, FCMB, Fidelity Bank, ECOBank, African Steel Mills and Multichoice Nigeria Limited also made donations.”
“Similarly, FSDH Merchant Bank, FBN Merchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, Coronation Merchant Bank, Sun Trust Bank, Providus Bank, Wema Bank, Unity Bank, Heritage Bank, Nova Merchant Bank, Polaris Bank and Keystone Bank donated.”
He added; “Others are Globus Bank, Titan Trust Bank, Takagro Chemicals Ltd, Ahmadu Mahmoud and Handy Capital Ltd make up the list of those that have so far made contributions to the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Relief Fund domiciled at the CBN,”
Showing appreciation to the donors, Mr Isaac said: “The coalition appreciated the list of good-spirited individuals and corporate bodies for hearkening to the clarion call championed by the CBN and the private sector.”
He, however, challenged some more concerned Nigerians and corporate firms to join the train by supporting the government to see the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
In other news, the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases worldwide has reached one million, Naija News report.