N30.5bn spent on COVID-19 in four months, says FG

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The Federal Government says it spent N 30 . 5 billion on efforts to curtail COVID – 19 between April and July this year .

The Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, who disclosed this , said the amount represented 84 per cent of the N 36 . 3 bn public funds and donations received by the Federal Government to tackle the pandemic.
He said there was a balance of N 5 .9 billion.
Idris said this in response to a Freedom of Information request jointly made by Socio – Economic Rights and Accountability Project ; and Connected Development.
SERAP ’ s Deputy Director , Kolawole Oludare , said in a statement on Sunday that Idris , in his undated, also indicated that “ the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 spent N 22 billion ; while 36 states spent N 7 billion on COVID – 19 . ”
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Idris , according to the statement , added that the Nigerian Air Force spent N 877 million on the deployment of assets in support of COVID -19 operations ; the police spent N 500 million on personal protective equipment ; while N 17 , 865. 09 was paid as bank charges.
While commending Idris for honouring the FoI request , SERAP and CODE , however, urged him to respond to other information requested in the FoI letter, including the specific projects on which the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 spent N 22 bn and the list of Nigerians who benefitted from the projects.

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