Coronavirus: Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19
ABUJA, Nigeria, March 26, 2020,/ — Speech by Godwin, I. Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, March 26, 2020:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Good afternoon.
As a follow up to the series of engagements and releases from the Central Bank of Nigeria in response to the impact of the Covid-19 on the Global and Nigeria economy, the CBN has, in the last few days began engaging Nigeria compatriot stakeholders in the private sector on how to provide support to the Federal Government in procuring equipment and materials to combat the menace of this unfortunate pandemic in Nigeria.
As you are aware, a total of 499,125 persons have been infected globally as at today, 81,285 in China, 74,386 from Italy, 73,386 from the USA and 56,197 persons from Spain.
In Africa, South Africa has 927 infected persons. Although the number in Nigeria so far stands at 51, we are concerned that this number may rise exponentially in the next Two weeks.
In terms of fatalities, China has had deaths of 3,287, Italy 7,503, USA 1,062, Spain 4,145 and so far 1 in Nigeria.
Ladies and Gentleman, Nigeria must prepare for the worst in responding.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, on behalf of the Bankers’ Committee and in partnership with the private sector led by Aliko Dangote Foundation and Access Bank have come together to form the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19.
This Coalition was created out of the urgent need to combat the unfolding COVID-19 crisis in Nigeria. The rate at which the virus is spreading is unprecedented and it appears we are fighting our most lethal adversary to date. So far, the Federal Government has made giant strides in the fight but it is clear that the private sector needs to step in and support efforts already being made.
The objectives of the Coalition are to:
Mobilize private sector thought leadership
Mobilize private sector resources
Increase general public awareness, education and buy-in
Provide direct support to private and public healthcare’s ability to respond to the crisis
Support Government effort
In doing this, the Coalition has set up four major committees comprising of:
1. Steering Committee to provide leadership and steer the coalition and committees in procuring all needed funding, equipment and materials for the battle against this pandemic.
The steering committee will be chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha who currently chairs the Federal Government Committee on Covid-19. Other members of the Committee will be announced later.
2. Funding Committee: this committee will be responsible for the initial funding of the effort. Membership comprises the CBN Governor, Aliko Dangote, Herbert Wigwe, Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Segun Agbaje, Abdulsamad Rabiu and Femi Otedola.
Each member of the committee is to ensure that their institution contributes at least N1b to this effort. More members are allowed as long as they are willing to contribute at least N1b.
3. Operational Committee: responsible for project management, logistics, communication and advocacy. This comprises CBN Governor, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, GT Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Ecobank, Fidelity Bank, Unity Bank, Nigerian Breweries Plc.
4. Technical Committee: This committee is responsible for gathering data about the equipment and materials needed nationwide. They will also be responsible for intellectual leadership around testing issues, treatment protocols, isolation centres, etc. Membership Comprised of NCDC, WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Federal Ministry of Health and select members of the operational and funding committee.
We will be working with reputable institutions and consultants including the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr Akin Abayomi, Dr Christian Happi, Dr Phillip Onyebujo.
Information gathered so far has revealed that to procure all needed equipment, material, and all infrastructure needed to fight this pandemic, over N120b need to be raised.
The Bankers Committee and these important Stakeholders will be required to step up to support this endeavour.
We are already engaging other important stakeholders in Nigeria and abroad, such as the NNPC and players in the Oil industry.
An account will be set up at the Central Bank of Nigeria to receive both Naira and foreign currency from our donors.
The Technical Committee will be providing information about the venue where equipment and materials will be received just for those who wish to donate materials and equipment.
They have made the commitment to provide funding, equipment and material as well.
At the end of the process, we shall have a reputable firm of Accountants to render a full account of how the funds were utilized as well as account for the materials donated.
The need for all Nigerians to play a role in this fight cannot be understated as we are quite literally in the fight of our lives. I must highlight the fact that this is not just about bringing money. Your time, your services, your products will all be helpful.
The committee has already begun work and we will keep you updated of our progress.
Godwin, I. Emefiele
March 26, 2020
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Central Bank of Nigeria.
Central Bank of Nigeria
COVID-19: Anambra to fine face masks defaulters N10,000
The Anambra State Government will fine any resident who fails to wear a face mask the sum of N10,000.
This was disclosed by Governor Willie Obiano in a state-wide broadcast to the people of the state.
Obiano also warned traders in the state to keep to the COVID -19 rules or he would shut down the market again.
“We have 69 individuals on home quarantine and two individuals in the facility based quarantine.
“We shall continue to push back at this pandemic until we have reduced its presence in Anambra State.
“We are ramping up our testing capacity to ensure that we slow down the spread of this pandemic in our dear state.
“The Covid-19 Committees that we have set up in wards and local governments across Anambra State are helping us in driving the campaign to every nook and cranny of the state.
He said he had signed the COVID-19 Bill into law, adding that it was now an offence to be seen in the public without a face mask.
“The offence attracts a fine of N10,000 or some hours of community service. I would like to re-emphasize that my administration is determined to enforce this law, adding
“The information we received from different quarters indicate that our people have started lowering their guard on the COVID-19 protocols.
“I have it on good authority that traders in various markets no longer comply with the enforcement of the wearing of face masks and the washing of hands.
” I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not halted with immediate effect.
“I have also received similar reports from churches and other religious groups in the state most of whom have discarded the wearing of face masks.
” I urge the leadership of all religious bodies in Anambra State to ensure compliance with the standard protocols of COVID-19 without further delay.”
Covid-19: Brazil records largest daily increase in deaths
Brazil, on Tuesday, recorded its largest daily increase in deaths related to the novel coronavirus, data by the country’s Health Ministry showed.
The country confirmed 1,262 new virus-related deaths, bringing the total toll to 31,199, according to the latest official figures.
Tuesday’s daily jump was the steepest since the first victim was confirmed on March 17, the data showed, surpassing the record set on May 21 of 1,188 deaths in a day.
The ministry also reported almost 29,000 new infections for a total of 555,383 cases.
After the United States, Brazil is the country with the highest number of officially recorded infections worldwide.
Brazil’s death toll is in fourth place globally, behind the U.S., Britain and Italy, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.
Seeing as the biggest nation in Latin America is carrying out relatively low levels of testing, the real figure is likely significantly higher.
There have been at least 29,314 coronavirus deaths so far in the country.
In many cities in Brazil, hospitals have reached capacity.
Authorities have set up makeshift clinics in football stadiums.
Meanwhile, a dispute between President Jair Bolsonaro, several governors and congress has paralysed the country.
Right-wing populist leader, Bolsonaro, sees the COVID-19 lung disease as a “mild flu” and has rejected protective measures.
But many state leaders have put in place their own restrictions on movement and public life to stem the spread of the virus.
On Sunday, clashes were reported between Bolsonaro supporters, anti-government protesters and the Police in several Brazilian cities.
COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive
The Deputy Governor of Bauchi state, Mr Baba Tela, has tested positive to the novel Coronavirus, a statement issued by the state government revealed on Wednesday.
The statement, signed by Mr Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media to the state governor, indicated that test by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development.
According to Gidado, Tela, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was tested after exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the virus, adding that all his primary contacts had been taken for screening.
“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.
“The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease.
“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the State Committee on COVID-19.
“Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.
“Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.
The SSA further stressed that Gov. Bala Mohammad had sympathised with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.
He said that the governor also called on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.
Newsmen report that Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged while eight had died.
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