MultiChoice Nigeria has announced several initiatives geared at boosting both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government’s goals of cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
MultiChoice Nigeria in a bid to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria has disbursed a cash donation of 50 million Naira and 200 Million Naira to the Lagos State Government and the Federal Governments respectively.
In addition to this goodwill, the company also donated verified testing kits measuring up to 10,000 test kits to the NCDC, investments in announcements of tips for COVID-19 prevention made available in Nigeria’s three major languages of Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa and inventory approval worth well over 550 Million Naira that is meant to highlight the NCDC’s helplines and public service announcement broadcast on over 10 channels on both GOTV and DSTV.
What had prompted this CSR?
Multichoice has said that it donated testing kits because some of the most affected countries have been hit hard were hit because of the unavailability of supplies for medical personnel and the unavailability of test kits.
The Nigerian creative industry has been one of the most affected sectors during the imposed lockdown and Multichoice has stepped into relief them of the distress and hardship caused by the pandemic by paying the salary of creative professionals affiliated with them to the tune of 400 million Naira.
Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsaya (SAN), who is the chairman of MultiChoice Nigeria, had this to say about the donation:
“We are donating 10,000 certified test kits to support the great work being done by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health. In addition to these, we are also contributing N250 million to the Federal and Lagos State Governments’ efforts in providing adequate healthcare delivery facilities to fight COVID-19. We are doing this because we recognize the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on Nigerians and the economy. We hope our contributions to NCDC, the Federal and State Governments, alongside other donations, will go a long way towards effective management of the outbreak.”
Meanwhile Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, has appealed to pay Tv companies, MultiChoice and Startimes, to extend subscription validity to Nigerian subscribers for a month as this will help ease the stress of Nigerians who will be staying at home due to the imposed lockdown in various states of Nigeria.
Nigeria declared a total lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun on Sunday evening. The lockdown took effect from 11 pm on Monday night and will last for 14 days. Only essential services workers are allowed movements.