Dangote rallies private sector operators against COVID-19

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Agency Reporter

President, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, and Mr Herbert Wigwe, Managing Director, Access Bank Group, are spearheading a coalition of private sector organisations to support governments’ ongoing efforts at tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) menace.

The industry giants made this known in a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.

The gesture, according to the statement, is in addition to the N200 million earlier pledged by the Aliko Dangote Foundation  to help to curb the spread of the virus.

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The initiative, which is called the Coalition Against Coronavirus (COCAVID), will involve erection of fully-equipped medical tents to house patients and serve as training, testing, isolation and treatment centres, with an additional facility on Victoria Island, Lagos.

COCAVID, led by Dangote Industries and Access Bank Group in collaboration with Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, MTN, ITB and others, is tasked with mobilising the private sector through leadership and resources in creating public awareness, and directing support for private and public healthcare institutions.

Dangote said the ADF was pulling resources across industries to provide technical and operational support while providing funding and building advocacy through aggressive awareness drives.