By AbuSatar Hamed
LAGOS: A reputable crowd-funding platform, Giving.ng, has announced a fundraising campaign to support health workers who are on the front-line of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a press release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com by Martin Ekpeke, Managing Editor, ITPulse , Winner of Titans of Tech Best Online ICT News platform 2019, companies and individuals have offered support in various forms as a means of showing their support towards the fight against coronavirus such as cash donation, material support as well as the provision of infrastructure, but none is speaking to the need of the health workers. This initiative seeks to do just that.
Tagged Health Workers Fund, this initiative is sourcing from the public a sum of One Billion Naira (N1, 000, 000, 000). The fund will be disbursed to frontline medical workers as Hazard Allowance. The health workers have needs, but only earn N5, 000 a month as Hazard Allowance.
In a statement by Peju Ibekwe, Head, Sterling One Foundation, she said, “We are delighted to call for support for our amazing health workers, who toil day and night to keep this pandemic out of Nigeria. We believe members of the public and corporate organizations should donate to this worthy cause because it is for the safety of all. This initiative aimed to increase the paltry sum our health workers receive as Hazard Allowance.”
She adds, “We understand the importance of doing our part in supporting our local health workers, to give them the necessary motivation to combat this infectious disease which can endanger everyone.”
According to Chief Operating Officer, Sterling Bank Plc., Raheem Owodeyi, Sterling Bank believes that “Being a responsible company means not just serving and benefiting from an interconnected world, but taking steps to care for the well-being of everyone, especially in times like this. We encourage everyone across the country – our employees, agents, customers, SMEs, partners, and corporate Nigeria – to step up and show their support.”
Sterling Bank Plc has donated the sum of Twenty-five Million Naira (N25, 000, 000) to the fund.
“You too can contribute your quota. Make your donations by visiting www.giving.ng/covid19,” the release urged.