- A new initiative to support Lagosians in need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched
- The objective is to provide support to at least 2 million vulnerable people in Nigeria's megacity through a crowdfunding model
- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu hailed the initiative, saying government alone cannot address all the problems of society
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The Lagos state government and other corporate organizations have launched a new initiative – HelpNow, to support Lagosians in need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic via a platform set up to pair donors with beneficiaries who require support.
HelpNow, an initiative of Softcom, is a private sector-led collaboration in response to the debilitating effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the income and livelihood of millions of Nigerians, especially Lagosians.
The objective is to provide support to at least 2 million vulnerable people in Nigeria's megacity through a crowdfunding model that rallies the support of well-meaning individuals and corporates.
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Speaking at the launch, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that “the role of technology in addressing the socio-economic challenges of the modern world is not only important but also incontrovertible.”
He further said: “With the launch of HelpNow today, we now have a platform that aggregates support for the government’s efforts at alleviating the sufferings of the poor and vulnerable in our society.
“Before now, there was no platform such as HelpNow that allows effortless intervention in the lives of millions from anywhere and anonymously. For creating a platform that encourages collaboration and speedily mobilises succour for the needy and vulnerable, I commend Softcom Limited and its partners.”
To ensure the credibility and transparency of the initiative, a reputable audit firm has been contracted to provide audit, governance and operational risk support, ensuring every naira donated gets to a beneficiary as promised.
Corporate organisation and private individuals in Nigeria and worldwide willing to support the initiative are encouraged to visit Helpnow.ng to donate.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, June 17 in Abuja urged the international community to support collaborations and initiatives aimed at sharing knowledge from research and science to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The president made the suggestion at a virtual China-Africa summit on solidarity against COVID-19 co-hosted by the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
President Buhari told the summit that Nigeria would support and join any joint and collective action plan at regional and global levels to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout.
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