Niger state government has disclosed that it has expended over N700million so far for COVID-19 activities.
The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane who is the Chairman of the state COVID-19 Taskforce disclosed this while fielding questions from members of the state House of Assembly.
Matane explained that N410 million was expended for palliatives, N85 million for electricity subsidy, while the remaining amount was expended for transportation of movement of taskforce members, movement of patients from the local government centres to the isolation centres, providing water, allowances for volunteers, security operatives, front line workers and some members of the task force.
The Chairman of the COVID-19 committee further explained that another amount of N290 million was expended for medicals to buy Protective Personal Equipment (PPEs), drugs, capacity buildings for health workers, risk communication and travelling of health workers.
According to him, the state taskforce got N47 million as donations from individuals and cooperate organizations stressing that the fund has not been touched stressing that they have not received any money from the Federal government for COVID-19 activities.
He affirmed that the state government did everything from the budgetary allocation from the state government. We have not received one naira from the Federal government in terms of monetary donations, only the three trucks of rice and 700 jerricans of vegetable oil from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
He added that the money received from donations from individuals and organizations is N47 million and the money is still there as no dime have been spent from it.
It could be recalled that the Secretary of the State government and the Commissioner of Health, Dr Muhammad Maikusidi were invited to the House of Assembly to explain the activities of the task force committee.