The novel coronavirus took the world by storm. It’s been months after the first case, and half the time, it still seems like we really do not know what exactly is going on
Throughout the confusion and new discoveries, one thing has been dominant; Big companies are rising up to the challenge, responsibly helping in any way they can.
Over the course of the virus’s quick spread, these companies have only accelerated their efforts at doing good. Some donated tens of millions of dollars to relief efforts, some contributed large stocks of precious N95 masks acquired during last year’s wildfires to medical organizations. Others added sections to their apps highlighting accurate news about COVID-19.
Prominently, as unemployment surged, companies like Facebook pledged $100 million in grants to small businesses, while Amazon said it would hire 100,000 people. Considering how it’s been one bad coronavirus news after another, these inputs from these Big companies have been a bright spot at a time of great fear and grief.
Here in Nigeria, the case has surprisingly been the same; Companies have really stepped up. The United Bank for Africa (UBA) announced their donation of 5 billion Naira to provide beds for isolation centers, intensive care unit facilities and direct access to medical advice to up to 450,000 citizens every day.
GIG Mobility (GIGM), also announced that it will donate buses to support the operations of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). BUA on Friday redeemed its pledge of N1billion. Even state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced on Friday a donation of $30 million to support the fight against the virus.
Wealthy members of the private sector didn’t sit back too. The likes of Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje Aliko Dangote, the Alakijas have all contributed financial aid to the tune of billions of Naira to support the government in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.
These are really trying times, but it is very heartwarming to see that when push comes to shove, humans remember to be humane and join hands together to serve and protect.