COVID-19: Nigeria receives $22 million worth of essential supplies from EU and UN

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The Federal Government on Saturday took delivery of vital supplies worth $22 million (about 8,525,000,000) from the representatives of European Union and United Nations, to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria from the representatives of European Union and United Nations

The shipment, along with others soon to be delivered, are procured through the EUR 50 million One UN COVID-19 Basket Fund with a significant contribution from the EU and UN.

The UN in collaboration with the Government of Nigeria launched the One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund on April 6.

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The Basket Fund is designed to serve as the One COVID-19 Financing and Investment Platform, through which different stakeholders (including UN, other multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as private sector donors, foundations and philanthropists) can channel their financial support to the multi-sectoral efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Response.

Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, stated: ‘Today t take a vital step in the response to the pandemic. The alliance between Team Europe, the PTF and the UN has proven very strong. This is partnership in practice when it matters the most. Addressing the health crisis in Nigeria and getting the economic wheels turning again are key priorities for the EU, all while making sure that we protect the most vulnerable.’

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