Mr. Ahmed Idris, Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)

How Nigeria spent N30.5bn to manage pandemic in 4 months: Accountant-General

*PTF on COVID-19 spent N22 billion, 36 states of Federation spent N7 billion, says AGF Ahmed Idris

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In response to the outbreak while containing further spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic between April and July 2020, the Federal Government says it has spent N30.5 billion.

The government’s disclosure is in response to a letter by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), which asked the Federal Government to provide a breakdown of how it spent the N36.3 billion donations and fund received to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.

Mr. Ahmed Idris, Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), said the government spent N30.5 billion within the said period, which represents 84 percent of the total sum.

Idris said that a further breakdown of the expenditure showed that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 spent N22 billion while the 36 states spent a total of N7 billion.

Others include the Nigerian Air Force which spent N877 million for the deployment of assets in support of COVID-19 operations; the Nigeria Police Force spent N500 million on Personal Protective Equipment while about N18,000 was paid as bank charges.

But SERAP alleged that the document submitted does not contain other significant details as indicated in their Freedom of Information request.

According to him, these include details and breakdown of the number of Nigerians who directly or indirectly have benefited from the spending, and details on plans to spend the balance of N5.9 billion in the COVID-19 eradication support accounts.

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