The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has donated a total of 435 hospitals and clinics to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in combating the Coronavirus pandemic.
Receiving members of the Conference in his office, the Chairman of PTF/Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, expressed appreciation to the Bishops’ Conference for making their medical facilities and clinics available to the Task Force.
A statement by Willie Bassey, Director (Information), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, quoted the SGF as thanking the Conference for the donation, describing the gesture as not only timely, but necessary as it would assist medical practitioners in their efforts to bring the pandemic to a standstill in the country.
The SGF particularly commended the Conference for the donation in view of the spread of the health facilities which are found in several locations across the country and would provide the required assistance to various state governments to leverage on.
In his words: “We will continue to work with all faith-based organisations, civil society groups and all men of goodwill interested in helping out at this time of need.”
The SGF commended the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and called on other faith-based groups to speak up and lend a strong voice to the decisions of government particularly, on restriction of movement so as to halt the spread of the pandemic.
The Chairman of PTF said that Coronavirus had no respect for religion, tribe, race or status and called for all hands to be on deck so as to curtail the spread of the pandemic in the country.
Speaking earlier on behalf of the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, the Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, informed the SGF that the conference was with the PTF in prayers and thanked the Federal Government for setting up the Presidential Task Force with the SGF as its chairman.
Most Rev. Akubueze commended the PTF for various steps it had taken with its marshal plans to curtail further spread of the disease, stating that the Conference was donating its hospitals and clinics for use by the PTF as solidarity as well as expression of goodwill.
The Conference promised to corporate fully with all decisions of government on COVID-19 to curtail the spread of the pandemic.