Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has pledged one billion Naira of his personal wealth towards the eradication of COVID-19 across Nigeria.
The philanthropist made the announcement via his official Instagram page yesterday.
The donation, which is by far one of the largest donation by any individual has, however, received mix reactions from Nigerian.
While many were excited about his gesture towards eradicating the dreaded disease, others like singer Yemi Alade felt the money should rather be used to cater for Nigerians who don’t have 1.2 million Naira to get tested.
See her post below;
“Amazing! Thank You Sir. Please Sir, is it possible to skip the – ‘Give it to the government’ – part, and actually cater to the citizens of Nigeria that don’t have 1.2 million Naira to get tested sir? Perhaps, if shipment and purchase of medical equipment for tests and recovery are facilitated from this generous funds, and financial aid (minimum wage or more) allocated to families in quarantine and those out of work for now! It’s sad to see kids using pure water bags as face masks on the street. A handful of Nigerian celebrities have given out money randomly but it really isn’t enough. Thank you once again sir”, she wrote.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 89 coronavirus cases since the outbreak reached our shores.
The cases are spread across 10 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the agency responsible for the monitoring of COVID-19 said of the 89 confirmed cases, Lagos has 59, the federal capital territory (FCT) 14, Ogun three and Oyo three. Bauchi, Edo and Enugu states have two cases each. And Benue, Ekiti, Rivers and Osun state have one case each.