UBA Group pledges $14m for COVID-19 fight in Nigeria, others


One of Africa’s top financial and banking services conglomerates, UBA Group, on Thursday said it would support efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa with $14 million.

It made the pledge in a tweet.

It reads: “To catalyze a comprehensive pan-African response to the fight against the #Coronavirus pandemic, we’ll provide N5 billion to #COVID19 relief support across Africa through the @UBAFoundation.

“The donation will provide significant and much needed support to Nigeria and 19 other African countries, by supplying relief materials, critical care facilities, and financial support to Governments. Our support programme will be allocated as follows:

“N1 billion to Lagos, Nigeria

N500 million to Abuja, Nigeria

N1 billion to the remaining 35 states in Nigeria

N1.5 billion to UBA’s presence countries in Africa

N1 billion for Medical Centres with equipment & supplies

Free Telemedicine call centre facility.

“We’ll fund a medical centre immediately in Lagos, Nigeria, with beds for isolation & ICU facilities, managed & operated in partnership with @Heirs_Holdings healthcare subsidiary, #AvonMedicalHospital.

“In addition, we’re providing a free telemedicine platform, that is physician-led, to provide direct access to medical advice to citizens, in compliance with social distancing requirements.”

The UBA Group Chairman, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, in supporting remarks, said: “This is a time when we must all play our part.

“This global pandemic must bring citizens, governments & business leaders together – & quickly. As we see a rapidly increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria & Africa, the private sector has to work hand in hand with various Governments, in stemming the spread.

“We commend the efforts of governments & we‘re keen to partner & contribute our resources to the collective effort, that’ll ensure the response to the pandemic is swift & effective.”