Nigerian Government on Tuesday, the 14th of April received a grant of €50 million from the European union as aid in combating the fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The news was made known via the The Presidency of Nigeria, Twitter handle, it stated that Nigeria welcomes the European Union’s contribution of N21 billion (50 million Euros) to support the efforts in controlling the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also added that the donation of the European Union’s donation is Channeled via the United Nations (UN) #Covid19 Basket Fund for Nigeria.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, also made this known via a tweet, while giving update on the meeting, stated that the President Muhammad Buhari received in audience the European Union (EU) delegation at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.
He further tweeted that the European Union gave a sum of €50 million grant to Nigeria to fight COVID-19
He added that the;
“Head of EU delegation, Amb Ketil Karlsen, at the event commended President Buhari for “his powerful address to the nation last night”, and for “the bold and necessary measures he has taken.”
This a step in the right direction by the European Union in aiding the Nigeria people, to help combat this disease which has held the world to ransom.
Some Nigerians, however, took to Twitter to express their fears over the new donations of the EU to Nigeria, hoping there will be transparency and accountability over the donated funds by the government and not another cash out for the leaders.
While some expressed their gratitude to the European union and the NCDC for all the efforts and contributions towards the fight against the pandemic.