COVID-19: Dabiri-Erewa Hails Diaspora Support Initiative

ABUJA, MARCH 31, 2020: Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has commended the Diaspora support initiative in respect of eradicating Covid-19 in Nigeria, describing it as a caring and kind gesture.

In a statement in Abuja by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations Unit,  the NIDCOM boss said the initiative of the Diaspora towards containing the disease is commendable.

Dabiri-Erewa said NIDCOM is proud to be associated with the initiative geared towards supporting those affected with the dreaded virus in Nigeria as well as assisting the country in the fight against Covid-19. , adding that Nidcom will supervise and co ordinate funds raised by the coordinators and promoters . She added that the funds will strictly be used for procurement of needed materials and equipment.

She said undoubtedly Nigeria is blessed with human and material resources from its Diasporas capable of fighting the dreaded disease with expertise and materials support.

Thus far, over 135 Nigerians have tested positive to the Coronavirus with only two deaths and this had led to lockdown of the country as a  way of reducing the spread.

The Diaspora initiative for Covid-19 in Nigeria is contained in a letter (attached) by project coordinators, Prof. Akin Bamigboye and Ms. Lola Visser-Mabogunje on behalf of Nigerians in the diaspora.

The project also has over 26 promoters from various parts of the World.

The group said the funds being solicited are  intended to be  used for  the procurement of  masks, protective  gears and other  medical supplies for  frontline (Medics and Paramedics).

They also  intend  to  purchase  the  life  support  machines  for  respiratory  conditions  called ventilators.

” Therefore  through the donations, we  plan to arrange  testing for  5,000 to 10,000 high risk individuals of all  ages including most especially the  above  60s and those  with underlying medical conditions.

“The  distribution of  these  materials and identification of  those people to be  tested will cut across the most  affected States  of the  Federation, and this will  be  done  through the assistance  of NIDCOM, the apex Government agency for  the  coordination of  diaspora  activities. Distributing through NIDCOM will eliminate  logistic  challenges, bureaucratic  bottlenecks and will  provide ease  of  access to States Government “, the group said in its letter .

“We believe that the activities we have so far identified will have positive outcomes and meaningful impact on the Medics, Paramedics and the communities at large, especially the poor and the physically challenged groups in our society.

“We are therefore calling on you to donate generously into the following account, opened solely for the purpose of this intervention. We can assure you that all procurement activities will be conducted in a transparent manner; contributions received will be declared and all expenditures will be accounted for”, it added.

Your contributions should be sent to the following:  Account Name: *DIASPORA SUPPORT FOR COVID-19 IN NIGERIA*

USD account: 1384207380

Euro account: 1384207579 GBP account: 1384207902 Naira account: 1384206833 *Name of Bank: Access Bank* PLC Address of the Bank: PLOT 999, Damole street, Victoria Island, Lagos SWIFT Code (BIC):  ABNGNGLA Payment reference:

Please indicate your name and country. Anonymous donors are also welcome.

TRANSFER DETAIL  USD (US DOLLAR) INFLOWS CITI BANK Beneficiary Name: Access bank plc Beneficiary Bank Swift Code: ABNGNGLA Beneficiary Bank Account Number: 36145842 Intermediary Bank’s Name: Citibank New York New York, N.Y 100043 Intermediary Bank’s Swift Code: CITIUS33 Routing: Number: 021000089  GBP (POUNDS) INFLOWS Beneficiary bank’s Name: Access bank Plc Beneficiary bank’s Swift code: ABNGNGLA Beneficiary bank’s IBAN NO (GBP): GB27CITI18500811071211 Intermediary bank’s Name: Citibank London Citi Group Centre, Canary Wharf Intermediary bank’s Swift code: CITIGB2L Sort Code: 185008

Please find attached names of the coordinators and promoters as well as a flyer.

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