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COVID-19: Nigeria donates supplies worth ₦67m to Sao Tome and Principe

The Federal Government has donated medical supplies worth approximately ₦67 million to the Government and people of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. 

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Sarah Sanda says the donation was made on behalf of the Nigerian Government by the Acting Head of East and Central African Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tukur Maigari, representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

He disclosed that President Buhari approved the donation of 5 tons of medical equipment based on the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. 

He said the Government requested Nigeria’s assistance with medical equipment to help in its ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Items donated include units of test kits, extraction kits, infrared thermometers and  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to test up to 20,000 people in Sao Tome & Principe. 

It states that the two countries share a marine border which necessitated the establishment of the Nigeria-Sao Tome Joint Development Authority (JDA) for exploring the natural  hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of both countries. 

The statement says Nigeria will continue to cooperate with and remain on friendly terms with all nations that recognise and respect its sovereignty.  

The Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Sao Tome and Principe in Nigeria, Djazalde Agujar, on behalf of the Government and people of Sao Tome and Principe, expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Nigeria for the great help in combating COVID-19 in the country.

In his remarks, Executive Director, Monitoring and Inspection, Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe JDA, Ibiwari Jack, said the relationship between Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe is symbiotically beneficial to both countries. 

Hamza Alkali

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