EU gives FG €1.2m to fight COVID-19

European Union has donated €1.2m to the ongoing battle against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

A statement by the United Nations Children’s Fund on Tuesday said the money was donated through the United Nations in Nigeria.

The statement read in part, “The United Nations today (Monday) announced that it received €1.2m from the European Union for the provision of life-saving preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“The humanitarian funding received will further the UN’s COVID-19 response in Nigeria, by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus and providing essential health supplies where they are needed most.

The statement quoting Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, said, “With these critical funds from the EU, the UN as a whole in Nigeria is in a better position to do the important work of engaging with communities on how they can prevent the spread of this virus, and also complement the government’s efforts to ensure that healthcare workers can continue the critical work they are already doing to test and treat cases in the country.”

Also quoting Thomas Conan, Head of the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office in Nigeria, the statement read, “In these trying times, the European Union is maintaining its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria.”
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