The European Union has handed Nigeria N21bn cash in support of the fight to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a press release published on EU website, its High Representative had set out a robust package tsupport the African continent, where it was stated, “Today, the European Commission steps up and leads with this significant global response package of more than 15.6bn euros the joint work with our partners, particularly in Africa, for a safer future for us all.”
The donation was disclosed when President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the delegation of the EU at the Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja on Tuesday.
His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, made the disclosure via Twitter.
In the statement, Adesina noted that the grant, which was meant to “fight COVID-19”, was announced by the Head of EU delegation, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, who reportedly commended the president for taking measured steps in fighting the COVID-19 that has infected over 340 persons in the country.
“EU gives Nigeria a grant of 50 million euros to fight COVID-19, Karlsen said.
She commended Buhari for the “powerful address to the nation last night,” and for the “bold and necessary measures you’ve taken.” Adesina tweeted.
The donation will be channelled through the United Nations COVID-19 Basket Fund for Nigeria.