By Isiyaku Ahmed
Chinese Business Community Association, Kano state Branch, donates different items to Kano state government and Fidelity Bank Plc., donates Ten Million Naira help curb the threat and spread of COVID-19 in the state. This was contained in a press release signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State.
The event was held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Friday (5th May, 2020) with the attendance of the Deputy Governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, Commissioners and members of the State Executive Council, the Co-Chairman of the State Fund Raising/Palliative Committee, Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, among other dignitaries.
The donation from the Chinese Business Community Association included 5,000 test kits, 126,000 disposable protective masks, 660 protective medical clothes, 660 protective face shields and 660 pairs of protective goggles and 1,800 KN95 medical masks.
Presenting the items, Mr Mike Zhang, Wakilin Mutanen China a Kano (Chinese Representative in Kano) who was represented by Mr Zyiu Bin Kevin of Chinese Business Association in the state who said, they want to give their best in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Zyiu Bin Kevin of Chinese Business Association in the state said, “As the Secretary General of Chinese Business Community Association of Nigeria, and the Managing Director of Haufi industry, on behalf of the Wakilin Mutanen China a Kano and all Chinese people in Kano, “I am hereby submitting the relief materials to you Sir, to help fight the pandemic Covid-19. We pray and wish that Kano state government will win the fight against Coronavirus and bounce back again economically.”
Similarly, the Executive Director Northern Operations of Fidelity Bank, Hassan Imam who represented the Managing Director of the bank, donated the sum of Ten Million Naira (N10m) on behalf of the bank, assuring continued support of the bank for the development of the state.
Imam appreciates that, “We are very happy to see that the number of positive cases in Kano are going down. We all understand that the efforts of His Excellency, the Governor as the Captain of the ship, are helping the fight against the pandemic.”
Alh. Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, the Co-Chairman of the Fund-Raising Committee assured judicious use of all the donations given by these organizations, insisting that, “All other contributions we got before now, were utilized judiciously.”
He also commended the effort of the state government, under governor Ganduje for doing all the needful in responding to the pandemic, in the best way.
“It is very clear to all of us here how such efforts put by the state government is fruiting as positive cases are slowing down day in day out. We thank the Almighty Allah for coming to our rescue through the political will of the governor. With the commitment of our frontline workers and other stakeholders,” he said.
Governor Ganduje appreciated all the gestures coming from the Chinese business community and the Fidelity Bank, encouraging that, “For a very long time we have been partners in progress, in all spheres of our life. What you have just done shows that you care about the health of our people. And it also strengthens our relationship.”
To the Chinese community, he said, all the items they brought were very important in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. “And we are happy to receive them, because we will add to what we have and continue protecting and saving the lives of our frontline workers,” he stated.
He thanked them for participating in industrialization of the state. That between the Republic of China and Federal Republic of Nigeria, there stands a longstanding relationship, which trickles down to states like Kano.
Speaking to the bank he said, “Your bank has been a great development partner to us, as a government. You are also part of the socio-economic development of our dear state. Convey our kind appreciation to your Board of Directors.”