President Mohammadu Buhari praises the European Union, EU for donating the sum of N21 billion (50 million Euros) to support Nigeria’s efforts at controlling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Receiving the Union delegation to the country, led by Amb Ketil Karlsen, President Buhari praises EU for the donation and says it would go a long way in supporting Nigeria’s efforts at controlling and containing the virus to prevent community spread, as well as revitalise the national health care systems.
The President used the occasion to express sincere condolences of the Government and people of Nigeria to EU-member countries and families who lost their loved ones as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his remarks, Ambassador Karlsen described the donation, channelled through the UN COVID-19 basket fund as, so far, the largest single contribution to the response in Nigeria and the largest support that EU is providing anywhere outside Europe.
The EU Ambassador congratulated President Buhari for “a very powerful address to the nation last night”, stressing “indeed the current situation is no joke and we wish to commend you for taking bold and necessary measures.”
President Buhari with EU Head of Delegation Amb. Ketil Karlsen, Member EU Delegation Paulo Barroso Simoes, Minister Counsellor and Head of Cooperation Kurt Cornelis, and senior Nigerian government and Presidential Taskforce for COVID19 officials as he received European Union Delegation at the State House, today.