Despite coronavirus lawsuit, China donates N48m to support Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19
- China has made a donation of N48 million to Nigeria in an effort to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic
- Zhou Pingjian, the Chinese ambassador, said the donation is an acknowledgment of the long-standing relationship with the Nigerian government
- The Chinese government explained that it is ready to support Nigeria’s fight against the outbreak to the best of its ability
In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, the Chinese government has donated the sum of forty-eight million, one hundred and twenty thousand naira (N48,120,000) to the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
According to Channels TV, Zhou Pingjian, the Chinese ambassador, presented the cheque on Thursday, April 23, in Abuja
Pingjian speaking at the event said the donation from China is an acknowledgment of the long-standing relationship with the Nigerian government.
The Chinese ambassador further said that China to the best of its ability is ready to support Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19.
He said: “China will never leave its friends in difficulty, the help China offers does not involve any selfish interest.
“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.”
Dr. Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the PTF, in response to the donation expressed gratitude to the ambassador on behalf of the chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.
Aliyu while noting that Nigeria is aware of China's contribution and help in proving manpower and isolation facilities, said the Chinese government has contributed a lot to current commodities.
“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," he said.
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Earlier, Legit.ng previously reported that China reacted in anger after Germany prepared and sent a N62 trillion (£130 billion) invoice for damages resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
Germany’s move comes after the United Kingdom (UK), France, and the United States of America (USA) descended on the Asian nation for its role in the global pandemic.
The bill was prepared amid reports that Beijing hid the true details of the coronavirus from the rest of the world.
In other news, a state in the United States of America, Missouri, has decided to sue the Chinese government and other top institutions over the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The state accused China of covering up information, silencing whistleblowers and doing little to stop the spread of the disease. This was disclosed by Missouri attorney general, Eric Schmitt, whole filed the civil lawsuit in federal court in the eastern district of Missouri.
The lawsuit claims: "Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable."
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