“Don’t play politics with Nigerian life” – BUA responds to CACOVID
BUA is overwhelmed by reports allegedly attributed to CACOVID, having waived its previous payment through CACOVID for 1 million doses of AstraZeneca to Nigeria through the AFREXIM vaccine platform. …
At the cacovid steering committee meeting held today, 8 February 2021 (of which BUA is a member), members were informed by the CBN manager that CACOVID was able to access and pay for 1 million doses through the Afrexim platform, provided payment is made today or tomorrow – if unsuccessful, could miss the opportunity to receive those doses next week.
After extensive discussions No agreement was reached, and although members were offered the opportunity to donate funds to receive doses, no one offered. BUA then pledged to offer payment for 1 million doses at an agreed rate of US $ 3.45 per dose, totaling US $ 3.45 million, which is Naira 1.311 billion.
The BUA Chairman also requested, through the CBN Governor, that the Naira equivalent be credited to the appropriate CBN account and that CBN redirect the Afrexim dollar payment on behalf of CACOVID.
This payment was made immediately after the meeting and BUA transferred the money to CBN (see attached payment confirmation) to meet the deadline. However, with this development of the CACOVID operating committee , we now only have reason to believe that some CACOVID members were unhappy that BUA took this initiative in the interests of Nigeria and to ensure that the deadline for receiving a million doses of vaccine next week is met.
BUA made this gesture in good faith, as with the intervention during the pandemic.
However, we would like to make it clear that we know that a prominent member of CACOVID is unhappy that BUA has taken the lead in paying for the vaccine, fulfilling its commitment as we said during the meeting. Now they want to drown him with this action, because they could not take the initiative.
We find this CACOVID communique very angry and inconvenient for seemingly serious corporate citizens because it is tantamount to doing politics with the lives of Nigerians. Now is not the time for politics. It’s time for us to band together to help Nigerians, no matter who helps or pays.
We stand ready to continue to provide support, and despite this small promotion, we have decided to leave money in the CBN deferred CACOVID account when they are ready to use the funds to access vaccines for Nigerians.
Source: – Politics of Nigeria.