The Chinese Ambassador, Zhou Pingjian has announced the donation of forty-eight million, one hundred and twenty thousand naira to Nigeria as support the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
Pingjian said the donation is an acknowledgment of the long-standing relationship the Chinese government has with the Nigerian government.
The donation was received on behalf of the Presidential Task Force Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha by the PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr Pingjian noted that to defeat the virus, solidarity and cooperation are the most potent weapon needed as the pandemic had become the global challenge.
“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 and other parts of China, at the most demanding stage of COVID-19 outbreak response.
“China will never leave its friends in difficulty, the help China offers does not involve any selfish interest. In spite of the lockdown, China formally supports Nigeria’s fight against the outbreak and stands ready to assist if needed to the best of its ability.
We have full confidence in Nigeria’s determination, capacity, and capability to defeat the virus. We believe Nigeria will continue to treat the Chinese Nationals here as your own” he said
The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, thereafter, acknowledged China’s contributions to Nigeria since the pandemic broke in Lagos in February this year.
“We are aware of the huge work you are doing in providing isolation facilities, particularly in Abuja and other parts of the country.
“You have also contributed immensely to current commodities not only ventilators but also protective equipment that have been distributed across our health institutions. You have provided us with technical assistance in terms of manpower.
“Nigeria is very grateful, the PTF is very grateful and on behalf of the chairman of the PTF, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you. We will continue to work together to make sure that this pandemic is brought to a halt as soon as possible”