Buhari approves waiver of import duties for medical equipment and supplies

Buhari approves waiver of import duties for medical equipment and supplies

- Buhari has granted a waiver for importers of medical equipment

- This is done in efforts to help the country battle coronavirus pandemic successfully

- The country is currently recording more coronavirus cases

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 5, approved a waiver of import duties for medical equipment and supplies.

This is part of the Buhari's administration to strengthen health infrastructure in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news was disclosed by Tolu Ogunlesi, a media aide to the president.

"@MBuhari has approved a blanket waiver of import duties for medical equipment and supplies, as part of @NigeriaGov’s efforts to strengthen health infrastructure in response to the #COVID19 pandemic," Ogunlesi disclosed on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the United Nations (UN) announced that it received 1.2 million euros from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving preparedness and response activities for COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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Buhari approves waiver of import duties for medical equipment and supplies

President Buhari has approved waiver of import duties for medical equipment and supplies. Credit: Femi Adesina
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The humanitarian funding received will further the UN’s COVID-19 response in Nigeria, a statement from the global body noted.

The UN specifically stated that the funds will be used by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus and providing essential health supplies where they are needed most.

"With these critical funds from the EU, the UN as a whole in Nigeria is in a better position to do the important work of engaging with communities on how they can prevent the spread of this virus, and also complement the government’s efforts to ensure that healthcare workers can continue the critical work they are already doing to test and treat cases in the country,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

“In these trying times, the European Union is maintaining its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria, where we have funded close to €271.5 million (116 billion NGN) in emergency food aid, shelter, access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and basic primary healthcare since 2014,” said Thomas Conan, Head of the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office in Nigeria.

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With EU funding, UNICEF will be contributing to the efforts underway in the country to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects.

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