President of Dangote Group, Alhji Aliko Dangote and Managing Director of Access Bank Group, Herbert Wigwe, have announced that they are currently spearheading a coalition of private sector organizations to support governments’ ongoing efforts at tackling the coronavirus menace.
“The coalition is working with Lagos State Government to erect fully-equipped medical tents (hospitals) that will serve as training, testing, isolation and treatment centres. We are also providing an additional facility on Victoria Island, Lagos.
“In addition, we will be bringing in experts from around the world to provide technical and training support.
In a statement today, March 25, Dangote said that work had begun to ensure that the facilities are completed in good time to serve the growing need of the population.
He said that the initiative, which is called the Coalition Against Coronavirus, “will enhance the erection of fully-equipped medical tents to house patients and serve as training, testing, isolation and treatment centres.
“COVID-19 affects us all and threatens our collective health – economic, social, psychological and physical wellbeing; hence, the urgent need to work together to beat this common enemy.
“The task ahead is daunting and bigger than any one organisation. To win this battle, it is critical we all come together as one.”
COCAVID, led by Dangote Industries Ltd and Access Bank Group in collaboration with Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, MTN, ITB and others, “is tasked with mobilising the private sector through leadership and resources in creating public awareness, and directing support for private and public healthcare institutions”