The China General Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria has donated the sum of N48, 000, 000.00 (Forty-Eight Million Naira) as its contribution to the fight against the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation was received on behalf of the Presidential Task Force Chairman/Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha by the National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in Abuja.
The SGF, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, expressed appreciation over the support Nigeria has received from the Chinese Government and its companies in the country.
He indicated that Nigeria has had strong business ties with China, particularly in the infrastructural development of the country.
Mustapha said, “China has contributed immensely to the infrastructural development of our country as well as the human development sector. The current COVID-19 pandemic which started in December continues to be a major concern for the rest of the world. It has become a global pandemic; thousands have died; 2.5 million infected and our country men at risk of infection.”
He stressed that COVID-19 is the most important public health emergency of our time and therefore requires all hands to be on deck to effectively combat the pandemic.
Also speaking, the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, stated that China and Nigeria are allies in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chinese ambassador noted that “to defeat the virus, solidarity and cooperation are our most potent weapon. China will never forget the invaluable support it received from the government and good people of Nigeria, including those Nigeria brothers and sisters who chose to stay-put in Wuhan, or other parts of China, at the most demanding stage of its outbreak response.”
He said that China would continue to partner with the Federal Republic of Nigeria and will stand as its friend, particularly, in this time of difficulties.
The Ambassador pointed out that COVID-19 is a joint battle that requires countries of the world to come together to fight in the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood to overcome the pandemic.
He thanked the Federal Government and the Presidential Task Force, particularly for their “dedication, professionalism and tireless work” in fighting COVID-19 according to a statement by Director of Information, Office of the SGF, Willie Bassey, on Thursday.
The President of the General Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria, Mr. YE Shuijin, on behalf of the one hundred and sixty members companies and staff in Nigeria, made a donation of N48,000,000.00 (Forty-Eight Million Naira).
He said that Nigeria and the Chinese governments have carried out multiple bilateral cooperation to fight the pandemic.
Shuijin expressed appreciation to the rapid response of the Federal Government, the PTF, professional efforts of the medical staff, cooperation of the people which has led to the recovery of over 197 patients from the pandemic.
He expressed optimism that with the effort of government in the fight against COVID-19 as well as the determination of the Nigerian people, the pandemic would be overcome.