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CBN, Dangote, Femi Otedola, others to Donate N120bn COVID-19 fund

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The Central Bank of Nigeria and the private sector, led by Aliko Dangote Foundation and Access Bank, have set up a coalition aimed at raising N120bn towards the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said at a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday that the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 was created out of the urgent need to combat the COVID-19  pandemic in the country.

According to him, four major committees were set up, namely, funding, steering, operational and technical committees.

He said each member of the funding committee would contribute at least N1bn.

Emefiele said, “Information gathered so far has revealed that to procure all needed equipment, material and infrastructure needed to fight the corona pandemic, over N120bn must to be raised.

“The Bankers Committee and these important stakeholders will be required to step up to support this endeavour. We are already engaging other important stakeholders in Nigeria and abroad, such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and players in oil industry.”

The CBN governor said an account would be set up at the CBN to receive both naira and foreign currencies from donors.

He said the steering committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who currently chairs the Federal Government Committee on Covid-19.

He said, “The funding committee will be responsible for the initial funding of the effort. Membership comprises the CBN governor, Aliko Dangote, Herbert Wigwe, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Segun Agbaje, Abdulsamad Rabiu and Femi Otedola.

“Each member of the committee is to ensure that their institution contributes at least N1bn to this effort. More members are allowed as long as they are willing to contribute at least N1bn.”

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Ex Kano Governor, Col. Sani Bello’s Milk of Kindness

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Light Skinned stoutly built self-styled billionaire , Col. Sani Bello is one person who quietly goes about running his businesses, even as he keeps breaking new grounds.

But like a man’s talent announces him, Sani  Bello’s unusual and unrivaled wand in the energy sector where he runs his business announced him like a gold fish without a hiding place.

Since the former Kano State military governor left Nigerian Army many years ago he has dedicated his entire life to the  his huge philanthropic activities.

Blessed with a heart of gold, Sani Bello isn’t an ordinary man, he’s a genius,  a visionary,  and  successful man,  not in terms of money, jets and so on but a man who is able to materialize what was thought of or seen on the inside to the outside.

So last week the Chairman of MAINSTREAM ENERGY (MESL) donated  N500m Medical Interventions to restrain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

As gathered the Niger state billionaire donated this kind gesture through his company , Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (“MESL”), operators of the Kainji and Jebba Hydropower Plants in Niger State has donated over N500 million worth of Medical and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in

Nigeria.

As revealed the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) and the Minna Isolation Centre in Niger State being the front-line institutions dealing with the pandemic are the first beneficiaries to receive the medical and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

A source disclosed it  said that the  institution has fully equipped a 50-bed isolation Centre in Minna, Niger State which included medical equipment such as ventilators, ECG machines, haematology analyzers, x-ray machines and PPE, adding that, they have provided some other critical equipment for use in the isolation ward of the UATH, including X-Ray machines, digitizers, personal protective equipment (PPE), CT scans, and 350KVA generator to make certain

of constant power supply.

According to him, nine rooms at the newly constructed Trauma Centre within the Teaching

Hospital were furnished to provide accommodation for doctors and nurses who are in the frontline

of providing medical services to COVID-19 patients and are unable to return home to their families

due to isolation requirements.

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Oando Group Chief Executive, Adewale Tinubu’s Legendary Philanthropic Acts

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In the past months, the Nigerian society has  witnessed the emergence of seasonal philanthropists and donors, following the outbreak of the deadly corona virus pandemic, otherwise known as COVID-19.

This group of overnight donors, who seem to be struggling hard to push to the background the well known philanthropists in our society, not only mouth their acts of benevolence, they also literally hawk them, to the chagrin of the morally conscious ones.

These days, many shamelessly make a spectacle of every little act of fellow-feeling they do, thereby subjecting the beneficiaries to avoidable public ridicule.

Anyone would think they are in some competition of sorts, trying to outshine one another.

But as disheartening as the trend is, a few privileged individual members of the society can be said to be toeing a different path in relation to their humane dispositions.

Interestingly, one of such is Jubril Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive, Oando Group, who marvel with his legendary philanthropic acts.

But unlike those who are so showy about their acts of kindness to the needy, he empathizes with them and lifts them financially so quietly.

A close source to the oil magnate revealed that, since the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast, he had expended millions of Naira on foodstuff and cash that he gave indigent Muslim faithful around him.

Not only that we also gathered that many have benefited from his kind gestures since the outbreak of COVID-19 as he has fed many families and doles out cash quietly without making noise out of it.

Tinubu  is one personality whose love for fellow human beings beggars description, this is because he gives freely without creating unnecessary attention about it, while he would rather do this without making a song and a dance of it.

While many of his mates  roll out drum and publicise little gestures, the billionaire would rather adhere to the saying ‘When you help the needy, leave your camera behind at home’

“ It is like a vow he has made to God. He does it annually during Ramadan. This is just one of his several philanthropic deeds, as well as interventions, to the help the course of humanity,” the source added.

By virtue of his rare accomplishments, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, GCE, Oando  Group , is one of the few businessmen who have written their names in gold.

The string of industry awards that litter his ornate office is evident of his success story in the sector. So far, it can be said that Providence has been fair to him, especially when you consider his intimidating resume, international connection and riches.

He has scored many firsts in the pasts and he still continues in that  trends in fact he was born a leader.  Naturally, he has been placed far above his contemporaries and competitors.

Undoubtedly, today the Lagos State born oil mogul  is one of the few Nigeria’s businessmen that can rub shoulders with other top businessmen around the globe as he commands respect in the world business sector. He has succeeded in engraving his name in the hearts of the generality of his compatriots.

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Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah’s Milk of Kindness

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No doubt, Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman, Capital Oil, is generous to a fault.  This top player in the nation’s oil and gas sector also has a large heart. Besides, he is unapologetically committed to the uplift of his community, while also helping the course of humanity. It is well known that the billionaire has the milk of kindness running in his veins.

As proof of his fellow-feeling, the senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District today  commenced distribution of palliatives to families across the 21 local government areas in Anambra state.

 As gathered the businessman gave out  palliatives such as 26,000 bags of 5kg rice, 11,200 bags of 5kg garri, 9,400 cartons of tummy tummy noodles, 6,000 bottles of cooking oil, 32,000 bottles of hand sanitizers, 65,000 disposable face masks, 8,000 washable face masks, 2,000 bags of 25kg garri, 500 bags of 25kg rice, 42 thermometers and 62 tricycles.

While addressing the people, Ubah said:

‘’To the glory of God, as part of measures to alleviate the hardship and cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging my people, I have commenced the distribution of palliatives to the good people of Anambra across the 21 Local Government Areas in our state.

I am aware that this is a deeply unsettling and difficult time for my people as the disruption of their daily sources of livelihood and economic activities have incurred a huge and devastating impact on their ability to meet their most basic needs. This necessitates the need to combine public health efforts with palliative measures so as to prevent hunger/food insecurity from creating further health and social challenges in our state.

While apologizing for my unavoidable absence, I wish to assure Anambrarians that I have provided capable hands and structures that will ensure equitable distribution of these palliatives across the nooks and crannies of Anambra.

I want to use this medium to thank the *Executive Governor of Anambra State; His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano* for his commitment to tackling this enormous challenge with courage, resolve and exemplary determination.

I also wish to acknowledge the *Anambra Progressives* with profound gratitude, for selflessly volunteering their time and resources to our noble initiative that will provide a long lasting solution to the COVID-19 scourge and the post pandemic era; by the grace of God, our projects will be unveiled subsequently. Come what may, I will keep doing my best to touch lives positively irrespective of the precarious economic situation in the country.

Conclusively, I wish to urge the good people of Anambra to always remember to:

– Practice social distancing;

– Wash your hands regularly or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers;

– Avoid touching your face;

– Self-isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case

– Call the NCDC hotlines for Anambra State (08030953771, 08117567363 and 08145434416) if you notice symptoms;

– Above all, let us Keep praying for our state as well as remain disciplined in obeying the Authorities and keep trusting in God. In the end, we shall overcome!

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