As tension continues to brew inside the private sector taskforce for COVID-19 known as Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID, one of its members, BUA Group, has alarmed that a ‘prominent’ member was not happy with BUA’s initiative to pay for the vaccines.
In a swift reaction, CACOVID debunked the pronouncement, stating that “no individual or organisation has the right to purchase vaccine doses.”
BUA however stated that the move was a gesture without political intentions, furthering that “BUA did this gesture in good faith as it has done with its interventions throughout the pandemic.”
It added that “We will however like to state clearly that we are aware that a prominent member of CACOVID is not happy that BUA took the initiative to pay for the vaccines – fulfilling our pledge just as we said during the meeting. Now they want to scuttle it by this action because they were unable to take the initiative.
“We find this release by CACOVID to be very petty and unbecoming of seemingly serious corporate citizens because it is tantamount to playing politics with the lives of Nigerians. This is no time for politics. It is time for us to come together to help Nigerians and it does not matter who is helping or paying.
“We stand ready to keep supporting and despite this petty action, we have decided to let the money remain in the CACOVID Account with the CBN pending when they are ready to utilize the funds for Nigerians to access the vaccines.”
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