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EU gives Nigeria 50 million euros to fight coronavirus

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The donation was announced on Tuesday when the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), received the EU Delegation in the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja in the audience

The European Union provided Nigeria with 50 million euros to combat coronavirus disease that killed at least 10 people in the West African nation.

The donation was announced on Tuesday when the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), received the EU Delegation in the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja in the audience.

The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known via a tweet. Adesina said EU delegation leader at the event, Amb Ketil Karlsen, who confirmed the donation, also commended Buhari for extending the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.

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Karlsen was quoted as describing Buhari’s address to the nation on Monday as “powerful”, adding that the retired general took bold and necessary measures. “EU gives Nigeria a grant of 50 million Euro to fight COVID-19,” Adesina tweeted.

Also, the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, said, “The European Union has donated a grant of €50 million to the Federal Government, their contribution to Nigeria’s fight against #COVID19, the Head of EU delegation, Amb. Ketil Karlsen announces the donation at a meeting with President @MBuhari today in Abuja.”

President Mohammad Buhari confirmed on Monday the extension of the lockdown order in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State in a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus. It was after an initial lockdown order issued on March 31 by the retired general had elapsed.

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The president extended the restriction by 14 days in a nationwide broadcast on Monday, saying the decision was a difficult one for his regime. Buhari said the initial lockdown helped Nigeria fight the coronavirus. After the address of the president, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control announced that “20 new cases of # COVID-19 have been reported as follows: 13 in Lagos, two in Edo, two in Edo, two in Edo.

“As of 09:50 pm on the 13th April, there are 343 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 91 have been discharged with 10 deaths.“Currently, Lagos has 189 new cases, FCT- 56, Osun- 20, Edo- 16, Oyo- 11, Ogun – nine, Bauchi – six, Kaduna – six, Akwa Ibom – five, Katsina – five, Delta – three, Enugu – two, Ekiti – two, Rivers – two, Kwara – four, Ondo – three, Benue – one, Niger – one, Anambra – one and Kano – three.”

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