ABUJA: 43 of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers have announced their intention to donate fifty percent of their March 2020 salaries to support the Federal Government’s efforts to contain the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Minister of State for Transportation, Ms Gbemisola Saraki, who coordinated the donation, according to a statement signed by the Special Assistant To The President, Segun Adeyemi, on Saturday, March 28, 2020 said it was a gesture of solidarity and support for the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle the disease.
According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who quoted Ms Saraki as saying, ”This global virus outbreak will require nations, continents and smaller communities to pull together to contribute their resources and support one another. This will facilitate an early resolution of the problem,” she said.
The donor ministers also commended President Buhari for his leadership role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Recalled Banks and some wealthy Nigerians have donated billions to fight the epidemic in Nigeria.
The United Bank for Africa on Thursday, March 6, 2020 announced a N5 billion donation to support the fight against the pandemic, while Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Aliko Dangote also donated N1 billion each to support the cause.