By JAMES EZEMA
On 16 November 2020, Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Nigeria, handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 of Nigeria in the presence of Mr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, State Minister of Health of Nigeria.
Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Health, Senior Officials of the Government, among others, were present at the presentation.
Bangladesh High Commissioner handed over the PPE as a friendly gesture to Nigeria to mark Mujib Year.
In his brief remarks, Bangladesh High Commissioner mentioned that Bangladesh and Nigeria enjoy friendly and cordial bilateral relations and both are fighting the pandemic which has brought the countries closer.
He expressed his satisfaction for the symbolic gesture which coincided with Bangladesh’s year-long programme to celebrate birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Mujib Year).
On his part, Mr. Boss Mustapha sincerely thanked Bangladesh High Commissioner for the friendly gesture of the Government of Bangladesh while informing that Bangladesh and Nigeria are working closely in many areas including in the field of defence.
Following the surge of COVID-19, Bangladesh’s gesture will help deepen the existing cordial relations between the two friendly countries-he added.
PPE manufactured by Bangladesh’s leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited include protective gowns, shoe-cover, face masks and gloves, among others. Mr. Bidosh Chandra Barman, First Secretary accompanied the High Commissioner.