COVID-19: Ganduje’s aides donate 50% salaries
By Usman Gwadabe
Barely 24 hours after the inauguration of Fund Raising Committee on Covid-19 in Kano State by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje individuals and corporate organizations have started responding positively.
A statement signed and issued by the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba and made available to The Triumph revealed that an elderly statesman and business mogul, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata, on Monday has announced a donation of N300 million to the committee.
“In addition, Kano-based businessmen, Alhaji Abba Suma’ila and Alhaji Abubakar Dalhatu, chairman Al-Hamsad Group, have donated 500 sacks of spaghetti and N5 million respectively,” the statement disclosed.
The commissioner said: “In the same vein all commissioners and political office holders in the state have also donated 50 per cent of their salaries to the noble cause.”
It could be recalled that the first donation of N28.5 million from UBA was Sunday announced by Governor Ganduje at the inauguration ceremony while Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has pledged to provide all needed facilities for the earmarked 600-bed Isolation Centre at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
The 38-member committee was set up to seek and collect donations from corporate organisations and individuals in cash or kind and distribute same to those in need so as to cushion the harsh effect of the measures being taken by the government against the spread of Covid-19 in Kano.
The committee therefore urged organisations and well-to-do individuals within and outside the state to donate generously towards this humanitarian gesture.
“Anyone willing to donate to the committee in cash should pay/transfer to this account: Kano State COVID-19 Support, UBA, Account No: 1022751785.
“Donations in kind are also collected at a warehouse at number 94, Maganda Road and Kano State Government Printing Press, Emir’s Palace Road,” the statement concluded.