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Chinese chamber of commerce lifts Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19 with N48m

China General Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria has donated the sum of  N48 million as its contribution to the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation was received on behalf of the Presidential Task Force Chairman/Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha by the National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in Abuja on Thursday.

This was contained in a statement by Willie Bassey, Director Information Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and made available to the Daily Times.

The SGF on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria expressed appreciation over the support Nigeria has received from the Chinese Government and its companies in Nigeria.

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He indicated that Nigeria has had strong business ties with China, particularly in the infrastructural development of the country.

“China has contributed immensely to the infrastructural development of our country as well as the human development sector.

“The current COVID-19 pandemic which started in December continues to be a major concern for the rest of the world. It has become a global pandemic; thousands have died; 2.5 million infected and our countrymen at risk of infection”, he said.

He stressed that COVID-19 is the most important public health emergency of our time and therefore requires all hands to be on deck to effectively combat the pandemic.

Also speaking, the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, stated that China and Nigeria are allies in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chinese ambassador noted that “to defeat the virus, solidarity and cooperation are our most potent weapon.

“China will never forget the invaluable support it received from the government and good people of Nigeria, including those Nigeria brothers and sisters who chose to stay-put in Wuhan, or other parts of China, at the most demanding stage of its outbreak response”.

He said that China would continue to partner with the Federal Republic of Nigeria and will stand as its friend, particularly, in this time of difficulties.

The Ambassador pointed out that COVID-19 is a joint battle that requires countries of the world to come together to fight in the spirit of cooperation and brotherhood to overcome the pandemic.

He thanked the Federal Government, the Presidential Task Force, particularly for their dedication, professionalism and tireless work in fighting COVID-19.

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