From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Barely 24 hours after the inauguration of Fund Raising Committee on Covid-19 in Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Aminu Dantata has set the pace, donating N300 million, as other individuals and corporate organizations follow suit.
The billionaire business mogul cum philanthropist, on Monday announced a donation of N300 million to the Committee.
This was made known through a Statement signed by Kano state Commssioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who is also a member of the Committee.
According to Garba, in addition, Kano-based businessmen, Alhaji Abba Sumaila and Alhaji Abubakar Dalhatu, chairman Al-Amsad Group, have donated 500 sacks of spaghetti and N5 million respectively.
He added that, “in the same vein all commissioners and political office holders in the state have also donated 50 percent of their salaries to the noble cause.
“The first donation of N28.5million from UBA was yesterday announced by Governor Ganduje at the inauguration ceremony while Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has pledged to provide all needed facilities for the earmarked 600-bed Isolation Centre at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
“The 38-member committee was set up to seek for and collect donations from corporate organizations and individuals in cash or kind and distribute same to those in need so as to cushion the harsh effect of the measures being taken by government against the spread of Covid-19 in Kano.
“The committee therefore urged organizations and well to do individuals within and outside the state to donate generously towards this humanitarian gesture.
“Anyone willing to donate to the committee in cash should pay/transfer to this account: Kano State COVID-19 Support, UBA, Account No: 1022751785.
“Donations in kind are also collected at a warehouse at number 94, Maganda Road and Kano State Government Printing Press, Emir’s Palace Road.”