The highly contagious new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is spreading globally at a very rapid pace, having infected about 1,521,253 people and killed nearly 88,570 at the time of writing, according to the situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO). It has sparked

fears of an unpredictable consequences, including significant potential economic damage. China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, and now France, Germany and Spain, are the countries most affected by the virus.

There are now more than over 11,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic.

According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. The whole of Africa has rising cases with only two countries holding out as of April 8.

In Nigeria, the Center for Disease Control, NCDC, reported that twenty-two new cases of COVID19 were recorded in on April 8: The breakdown showed 15 in Lagos, 4 in the FCT, 2 in Bauchi, 1 in Edo State. Consequently the national tally stands at 276.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Nigerian entrepreneur, Atedo Peterside recently stepped down from his various board appointments to focus on the fight against coronavirus pandemic through the ANAP FOUNDATION CONVID-19 THINK TANK.

In a statement, Mr Peterside notes that ” I wish to personally lead the work of the foundation on the pandemic and that would make it difficult for me to adequately represent the interests of the minority shareholders on those various boards,” he explained.

The Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank was established on 22 March 2020, to help Nigeria respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The think tank is comprised of 18 members drawn from across the 6 geopolitical zones and the diaspora (USA & Germany). Collectively, the Think Tank comprised of volunteers has decades of expertise in medicine, logistics, e-commerce, economics, finance, law, communications, religious knowledge, academia, mobilization, advocacy, sustainability, governance, grant making, and international disaster management.

The objectives of the Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank is to,  act as a catalyst to enhance authorities’ response to COVID-19 and mobilize stakeholders around a coherent and effective action plan; be a trusted & credible voice assisting with disseminating COVID-19 related information required to successfully manage the pandemic by contributing accurate and relevant information required to beat the pandemic; encourage positive interventions by federal, state and local governments; NGOs; private sector; traditional and religious institutions; and other stakeholders to support Nigeria’s capacity to manage COVID-19; advocate for the adoption of all health measures and behaviors necessary to ensure that Nigeria keeps the infection rate down and that decisions are inclusive and cover the diversity of incomes, beliefs, gender, ability, access, age and communication needs of Nigerians.

Members of the Think Tank are:
⦁ Atedo Peterside CON (Chairman): He is the Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and the Chairman of the Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank which was established on 22 March 2020.
⦁ Abubakar Siddique Mohammed (Vice-Chairman): He is a Director of the Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training (CEDDERT), Hanwa Zaria where he is also a Research Fellow researching on Rural Banditry in northwest Nigeria. A former Head of Department of the Department of Political Science at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he currently works on Impressions and Facts about Nigerian History, Politics, and Society.
⦁ Konyin Ajayi SAN: He is the Managing Partner at Olaniwun Ajayi LP
⦁ Yele Aluko (Dr): EY Americas Advisory Health Sector Chief Medical Officer and a proven MD/MBA Physician executive. 
⦁ Innocent Chukwuma: He is the Regional Director of Ford Foundation in West Africa.
⦁ Adwoa Edun: She has an MA in Health Services Planning, is a Landscape Gardener, Mother, and Grandmother.
⦁ Leo Stan Ekeh: He is the Chairman of Zinox Technology Group which includes Konga.com
⦁ George Etomi: a Lawyer based in Lagos.
⦁ Buti Sam Kputu (Reverend): A Teacher, Pastor, and Social Entrepreneur. International Director, CAPRO – a global mission of Charity for human and Community Transformation.
⦁ Matthew Hassan Kukah (Bishop) : He is the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.
⦁ Dudu Manuga: She is an Executive Director of the Responsible Citizenship and Human Development Initiative (ReCHDI), an NGO based in Gombe. Convener of Gombe Civil Society Situation Room.
⦁ Lucy Surhyel Newman: Her specialty is in Performance Improvement & Governance Advisory
⦁ Ndidi Nnolie-Edozien Ph.D.: She is the Founder/Chair, Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF), since 1999 and holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability & Governance, 2006.
⦁ Ayisha Osori: She is a Member of Nigeria’s civil society.
⦁ Yinka Sanni: He is the Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC.
⦁ Lambert Shumbusho: He is an Oil & Gas Executive based in Lagos.
⦁ Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman: She is a Private legal practitioner, former two-time Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and former Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security at ECOWAS. Currently serving on the boards of some publicly quoted companies and organizations.
⦁ Ibrahim D. Waziri: A retired Public Servant, Banker, and Consultant.

For more information on the Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, please visit www.anapfoundation.com

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