THE United Bank for Africa (UBA) has made a donation of N28.5m to the Anambra State Government as the state opens a COVID-19 account for financial donations in its fight against the spread of coronavirus.
The donation announced Tuesday, trailed a call by the state government on the Federal Government to provide it with N1b fund to enable it protect the state from the pandemic.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, who is secretary of the State Action Committee on COVID-19, praised the bank for the gesture said “the COVID- 19 account is in response to various inquiries from Anambra State people in different parts of Nigeria and beyond who have been seeking ways to assist the government in its containment efforts since the pandemic broke.”
Chukwulobelu, who serves as secretary of the Anambra State Action Committee on COVID-19 pandemic called for more support from well-meaning individuals and organizations and said that all donations should be routed through his office for proper documentation.
The Regional Manager of the bank, Mr Casmir Molokwu presented the cheque on behalf of the Chairman of the bank, Mr Tony Elumelu.
The state meanwhile has intensified the institution of a strict regime to forestall any incidence of coronavirus in the state and ensure that the state remains Covid-19 free.
The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba noted that the governor “considers it imperative that the Federal Government provide at least N1bn to Anambra, which is at risk in view of the multitude of people in its numerous markets and the contribution of the people in the development of many parts of Nigeria.
“We have as many as 63 major markets in the state, including the Onitsha main market, the largest market in West Africa.
“Millions of people from different countries in West and Central Africa, populate the markets making our people vulnerable to the contagion.”