R300,000 Relief Package For Nigerians in South Africa

R300,000 Relief Package For Nigerians in South Africa

NIGERIA Union South Africa (NUSA) said on Sunday that it plans R300,000 (about N6.8 million) relief package for Nigerians, whose businesses were affected by lockdown.

Its President, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, who stated this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone, said the decision was reached at the union’s 2020 National Congress with the theme: “Post-COVID-19 Survival of Small Business’’.

Olubajo said the theme of the congress held virtually was inspired by the need to assist people and small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said the number of people, who would come forward for such assistance would determine how many would benefit within the available fund.

Olubajo said NUSA had set up an Economic Team for the purpose, headed by Mr. Matthew Okafor, an IT Security Consultant with Concept254 Digital.

“We intend to raise N6.8 million (about R300,000) from private individuals within our community, mostly from our members of Board of Trustee.

“The mobilisation of fund has started and from next month we will be collecting applications from members of our community who are adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

“Petty traders are our main target as majority of them do not have access to government relief package. Some of them don’t even have bank accounts, so it’s impossible for them to get loans from financial institutions,’’ he told NAN.

He added that the relief programme would be spread across the nine provinces of South Africa but would be centrally coordinated by the National Secretariat of NUSA in Pretoria.

 

This article was previously published on The Nation

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