FG claims spending of N31 billion to fight COVID-19

FG claims spending of N31 billion to fight COVID-19
Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris (Photo credit: Google)

The Federal Government (FG) had disclosed it has “spent N30,540,563,571.09, which represents 84% of the N36.3 billon public funds and donations in response to COVID-19 between 1st April to 31st July, 2020, leaving the balance of N5.9 billion,” revealed by the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

He stated this while responding to the Freedom of Information request dated August 10, 2020, and sent to him by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Connected Development (CODE).

According to the letter signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare and CODE Chief Executive Hamzat Lawal, the organizations said;

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“We note among others that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 spent N22 billion, and 36 states spent N7 billion to support their COVID-19 initiatives.

“We also note that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spent N877 million for deployment of assets in support of COVID-19 operations; while the Nigeria Police spent N500 million on personal protective equipment. N17,865.09 was paid as bank charges.”

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