From Dan Amasingha, Minna
Following appeal by Niger state Covid 19 taskforce on public spirited individuals and corporate bodies to donate to the appeal fund recently launched, Son of former military president, Mohammed Babangida and an indigenious construction firm have heeded the call.
Construction giant, Dantata and Sawoe, an indigenous construction firm whose board is chaired by Col. Sani Bello rtd, the father of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello donated 500 bags of rice and 1,500 macaroni to the task force.
El-Amin Foundation owned by Dr. Mohammed Babangida, son of the former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida in his own contribution gave 250 personal protective gear, 250 hand sanitizers. In addition, El-Amin Foundation donated a porch which it handed over to the state COVID- 19 task force to be used as an isolation center in Minna.
Similarly, former Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Jimadah Gana donated various items ranging from sanitizers and face Mask valued at N1.5million.
Jimada also gave 20 bags of rice to his Makera Ward in Minna in addition to giving each household in the ward N2,000.,
Jimada who made the presentation through his brother, Abdulrahaman Ndeji said he was motivated to making the donation because of the support given to him by both the state and his constituency who made him to attain the pick of his carrier.
Receiving the items, Chairman of the COVID 19 TaskForce and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ibrahim Metane, declared “today is happy day for us in the state. We have received support from well meaning individuals and philanthropic”,
Matnene said the porch donated to be used as isolation center by El-Amin Foundation would also be turned to standard intensive care unit and equipped with ventilators and other needed supplies as the need arise.
As at the time of filling this report, Niger state is yet to record any case of coronavirus positive patient, but 27 people are under isolation at the 50-bed Minna social rehabilitation centre which has been converted to an emergency isolation centre.