By Innocent Orok
United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) on Wednesday 26th March 2020 announced a donation of over N5 billion (USD14 million), to African Countries to tackle the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic (Covid19).
According to a statement the donation was made through the UBA Foundation to catalyse a comprehensive pan-African response to the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.
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 statement said “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 and another N1 billion (USD2.8 million) to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria.
” Others are, N1.5 billion (USD4.2 million) to UBA’s presence countries in Africa and N1 billion (USD2.8 million) for Medical Centres with equipment and supplies Free Telemedicine Call Centre facility.
“The pan-African bank will fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos, Nigeria, with beds for isolation and ICU facilities, managed and operated in partnership with Heirs Holdings’ healthcare subsidiary, Avon Medical Hospital.
“In addition, UBA is providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice to citizens, in compliance with social distancing requirements.”
The Chairman of UBA Group Mr Tony O. Elumelu, stated that ‘”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.
“We commend the efforts of governments and we are keen to partner and contribute our resources to the collective effort, that will ensure the response to the pandemic is swift and effective’.’
The United Bank for Africa, which vlaims to be Africa’s Global bank has its branches in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France. It has a strong record of supporting its communities, through challenging times.