Nigeria, UN launch COVID-19 Basket Fund
The United Nations in Nigeria and Nigeria’s government has launched the COVID-19 Basket Fund to complement ongoing efforts to mobilize resources in the pandemic response plan initiated by Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Nigeria.
The Basket Fund is set up to serve as the only COVID-19 Financing and Investment Platform for diverse stakeholders like the UN, multilaterals, bilaterals, private sector, foundations and philanthropists to channel their financial support to ensure an impactful response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Basket Fund would be facilitated and implemented by the UN system in Nigeria, through a Project Management Board comprising representatives of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Response, relevant government agencies, contributing donors and the UN system.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon present at the launching said, “We applaud the Nigerian government at all levels for its efforts and measures to urgently mobilize resources to address the impact of COVID-19. Nigeria.
But the Government cannot do it alone. For the country to succeed in fighting back the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, we must all come together across all sectors to support the government at this time of great need.”
However, the Nigeria Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in a statement said, “We must also commend the Executive Director of Global Fund for exhibiting flexibility, which has allowed Nigeria to submit a proposal to reprogramme savings from existing Global Funds grants to urgently scale up surveillance, diagnostics, infection control and other strategic measures to support the national COVID-19 response plan.”