Mr. Adetola Olubajo, President of NUSA

COVID-19: Union plans N6.8m relief package for Nigerians in S’Africa

*Relief programme would be spread across 9 provinces of South Africa, but centrally coordinated by National Secretariat of NUSA in Pretoria, says NUGA President Adetola Olubajo

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In solidarity with their fellow Nigerians whose businesses have been negatively affected by the disruptive Coronavirus pandemic in the Southern African country, Nigeria Union South Africa (NUSA) says it plans a N6.8 million (about R300,000) relief package for such concerned Nigerians resident in the Rainbow nation.

Mr. Adetola Olubajo, President of NUSA, who made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone, said the decision was reached at the union’s 2020 National Congress with 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, small businesses who were adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

NUSA President stated that that the number of people who would come forward for such assistance would determine how many would benefit within the available fund.

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

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

“The mobilisation of fund has started, and from next month (October), 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.’’

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, according to NUGA President.

He said: “We are ready to collaborate with either government and or cooperate bodies that are willing to assist our people.

“We have no collaboration for now, but we are open to collaboration with any willing organisation or government.’’

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