President of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, has redeemed his pledge to Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 through the BUA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the group.
The foundation, in a press statement on Thursday, announced the release of N900m to the PTF to aid in its logistics and operations.
It also announced the release of N100m each Kwara, Ekiti, Kaduna and Rivers states, while Lagos ¬– the epicentre of COVID-19 infections – got N200m. Lagos had been given N1bn health infrastructure intervention grant to equip a permanent health facility in the state.
According to the statement, the group had also made N100m donations each to Ogun, Sokoto and Edo states to help in the fight against the pandemic.
Commenting on the group’s interventions, Samad said it was important for private sector players to form a bond to support the government’s fight against COVID-19 where possible. He also took announced N3bn Health Infrastructure Intervention Grant for Lagos, Rivers and Kano.
He said “the foundation is already working closely with the PTF, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and other stakeholders on how best to deploy these funds to immediately equip the selected facilities in Kano especially and Lagos within the next few weeks. These grants will be disbursed and monitored in line with globally accepted best practice.”