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Government, banks and wealthy individuals contribute billions to fight coronavirus in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria(CNN)The Nigerian government has affirmed a 10 billion Naira award (about $27 million) to battle the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the nation.

As per an announcement from President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, the cash will be discharged to Lagos State, Nigeria's business place, which has the most noteworthy number of coronavirus cases in the nation.

"This award will empower Lagos increment its ability to control and contain the flare-up, while additionally supporting different States with limit building," President Buhari said in a tweet.
    The immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State, which remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria. This grant will enable Lagos increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.
    Nigeria as of now has an aggregate of 70 affirmed COVID-19 cases remembering 44 for Lagos and 14 in Abuja, the nation's capital city.

    The President is likewise discharging a 5 billion Naira (about $13 million) unique mediation reserve to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

    The NCDC, the nation's driving national general wellbeing foundation, has been at the cutting edge of the coronavirus pandemic, grouping numbers and reacting to associated cases with the infection.

    "The quick arrival of a 5 billion Naira unique mediation reserve to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control to prepare, extend and give work force to its offices and labs the nation over," said President Buhari.
    Banks, affluent people participate

    Affluent Nigerians and associations, including banks, have additionally given billions of Naira to help finance clinical focuses and give fundamental materials important to diminish the spread of coronavirus in the nation.

    The United Bank for Africa (UBA) reported Thursday a gift of 5 billion Naira (about $13 million) to give beds to seclusion focuses, emergency unit and direct access to clinical counsel to up to 450,000 residents consistently.

    "This worldwide pandemic must bring residents, governments and business pioneers together - and rapidly. As we see a quickly expanding number of instances of the coronavirus in Nigeria and Africa, the private part needs to work connected at the hip with different Governments, in stemming the spread of the worldwide pandemic," Tony Elumelu, UBA Chairman said in the announcement.
    Wealthy members of the private sector including Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, all contributed 1 billion Naira (about $2.7 million) each to support the government in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.
    "President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the public-spiritedness of wealthy Nigerians and organizations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic," reads a statement released Friday by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

    Travel restrictions

    Travel restrictions have also been put in place to keep potential carriers of the virus from high-risk countries out of Nigeria.
    All international airports and land borders are to be closed for four weeks to prevent further imported cases into the country, according to a statement from President Buhari.
      In a tweet, he said the move is "... to enable us to put up the appropriate policies, processes, and infrastructure to cope with suspected and confirmed cases at home, without risking a compounding of the situation with more imported cases."
      The movement of commuter trains and cargo vessels that have been at sea for less than 14 days has also been suspended.

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