Katsina gets over N150m, sets up committee to fight COVID-19

Katsina, a Nigerian state, has raked more than N150m in donations to check the spread of Coronavirus Disease.

Before noon on Tuesday, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria had hit 135 with two deaths.

The N150m is exclusive of the donation of 50 per cent of March salaries by the State Executive Council and House of Assembly members to fight the virus across the state.

At a press briefing on Tuesday evening, the Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, also announced that an Emergency Response Committee had been set up for the same purpose.

He said, “The principal objective of the committee is to assist the Ministry of Health in responding as quickly as possible to this uncommon health challenge.”

Yakubu, who chairs the committee, said the highest donation of N100m came from business mogul, Dahiru Mangal.

While the United Bank of Africa donated N28.5m, another businessman, Mannir Abukur, gave N10m. An anonymous donor dropped N10m and another business owner, Salisu Mamman, gave N5m.

Government, he added, had already set up and equipped two isolation centres in the state for possible cases of COVID-19 in the state.

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