AU SAFGRAD STAFF MEMBERS DONATE 5% OF THEIR MARCH SALARY TO FIGHT COVID- 19 IN BURKINA FASO
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – March 30, 2020. The sum of one million CFA francs was handed over this morning to the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso by AU SAFGRAD Coordinator, Dr. Ahmed Elmekass.
This amount represents “the symbolic and united contribution” that the staff of the Historical Office of the African Union in Ouagadougou have voluntarily agreed to consent to the host country to assist in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Each staff member, comprised of several nationalities, has voluntarily agreed to cede an amount representing 5% of the salary for the month of March to feed this donation,” said the Coordinator, who is also the Dean of inter-African organizations. “By this gesture, we also hope to inspire our partners from other institutions,” he added.
In his response to the Coordinator, Mr. SORGHO Emmanuel, Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Health, thanked, on behalf of the government and the people of Burkina Faso, the staff AU SAFGRAD for their very appreciable gesture symbolizing active African solidarity. Also attended to the ceremony, half a dozen close collaborators of the Minister who was unable to attend.
Burkina Faso, like 46 other African countries and the vast majority of countries in the world, has been hit hard by the pandemic of the new coronavirus. As of March 29, the country officially counted 222 confirmed cases of Covid-19 including 23 people healed and unfortunately 12 dead.
Established for more than forty years in the capital city of Burkina Faso, AU SAFGRAD is the specialized technical office of the African Union Commission in charge of agricultural research and development in the semi-arid zones of Africa.
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