MultiChoice Nigeria says it has put together a relief package of N1.2bn to help fight the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The entertainment and media company, according to a statement by its Executive Head, Corporate Affairs, Caroline Oghuma, said the firm had embarked on several initiatives to support the efforts of the Federal Government as well as Lagos State.
“These include cash support of N200m to the Federal Government and N50m to Lagos State, donation of 10,000 test kits to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, public service announcement on COVID-19 prevention tips in English, pidgin, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa languages as well as approved inventory worth over N550m highlighting the NCDC’s COVID-19 helplines and PSAs on more than 10 channels across DStv and GOtv.
“The company will also cover the remuneration for engaged creative industry professionals whose productions have been disrupted with up to N400m.
“As seen in the most hard-hit countries, the availability of test kits and supplies for medical personnel have been some of the biggest challenges in fighting the pandemic.
“The outbreak has also had a direct impact on individual businesses and general economic activities. Nigeria’s creative industry has been particularly affected, with ongoing productions suspended in response to government’s advisory on public gatherings and social distancing,” Oghuma said.