The Kano state fund raising committee on COVID-19 has as at Wednesday received donations to the tune of N353,909,118 from members of the public.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the 40-man committee, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello at a press briefing on the activities of the committee on Thursday.
He said “As of yesterday, the total amount collected and deposited at Kano state COVID-19 Support account domiciled at UBA stood at N353,909,118:00 only. It is worth of note that apart from major donations listed above, various amounts (varying from N10 to thousands of Naira) are being deposited into the account”.
He also disclosed that apart from the cash, other donations were given in kind by some companies, such as Lee Group, which donated Fumigation Materials, Marshall Biscuits gave 21,000 cartons of Marshal Biscuits and Kaura Macaroni donated 1,000 cartons of Kaura Macaroni.
Also, the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Kano state branch has donated 60,051 pieces of eggs and Alh Abba Sumaila 5,000 sacks of spaghetti.
Other popular donations in kind include Aliko Dangote who has donated 600-bed isolation centre facility at Sani Abacha Stadium, while Alh Abdulsamad Isyaka Rabiu donated a 3-storey building at Court Road to serve as COVID-19 Isolation Centre.
The chairman of the committee warned that the committee is apolitical and would do its best to reach out to the most vulnerable in the society.
He also described the fight against COVID-19 as a collective fight, calling on the public to comply with experts’ advises in a bid to contain the pandemic.
“I must also add, at this juncture that this committee is not apolitical one and has nothing to do with politics. You can all attest to this from it’s composition. It is purely an entity borne out of compassion, kindheartedness, sympathy and humanitarian gesture.
“It is aimed at assisting and supporting the weak, the poor, the needy and anybody that could conveniently be termed as vulnerable at this trying moment of our history.
“The fight against COVID-19 is not for governments alone; it is a collective fight, a flight everyone of us needs to give helping hand for the good of all of us,” he said