The European Union has donated 50 million Euros to Nigeria for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ambassador Ketil Karlsen who led the delegation made the announcement on Tuesday during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
He said that the donation is the single largest donation to any African country.
President Muhammadu Buhari on his part, commended the European Union for donating the sum of N21 billion (50 million Euros) to support Nigeria’s efforts at controlling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the donation 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.
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.
He announced that the Union was mobilising other sources of funding, noting that they have already paid 1.2 million Euros to UNICEF, and goods purchased through that funding are expected in the country soon.