The Federal Government has revealed the amount it has spent so far combating the Coronavirus Pandemic. The government had received donations from both individual and corporate organization in its crusade against the pandemic.
While responding to an enquiry by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) based on the Freedom of Information (FOI), the Federal Government disclosed that it spent N30,540,563,571.09 in 4 months to fight COVID-19, out of the N36.3 billion public funds and donations.
SERAP in a reply to the letter sent by the Accountant General, said, “We acknowledge receipt of the letter signed on your behalf by Mrs. Odanwu Chizoba which provides some information on inflows and outflows of Covid-19 funds, drawn from the Covid-19 Eradication Support Accounts.
“We note that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 spent N22 billion, 36 states spent N7 billion for the deployment of assets in support of Covid-19 operations and Nigerian Police spent N500 million on personal protective equipment.
“However, we also note that the documents sent to us do not contain other significant details as indicated in our FOI request dated 10 August 2020, including details and breakdown of the number of Nigerians who directly or indirectly have benefited from the spending.”
The legal and advocacy organization also noted that 115 ordinary Nigerians donated N1 and N100 to support the authorities’ efforts in its fight against Covid-19, even though it was the country’s poorest and most disadvantaged sectors of the population that continued to bear the brunt of COVID-19.
SERAP also said the gesture shown by the ‘ordinary Nigerians’ should go a long way to inspire public service holders about the need to see public office as an avenue to serve and give something back to the country rather than steal or mismanage.
SERAP, however, said it would be grateful if the requested details and additional information were provided to them within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of the letter.