Coronavirus: FG to release N6.5 billion to NCDC

Coronavirus: FG to release N6.5 billion to NCDC

- The FG says it would release N6.5 billion intervention fund to fight coronavirus

- According to the federal government, the money will be released in two tranches

- It was also disclosed that a grant of $18.2 million has been received from Japan over the disease

The federal government is set to release N6.5 billion as an emergency intervention to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

This was disclosed by the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, Premium Times reports.

She said that the FG will release N6.5 billion in two tranches (N1.5 billion and N5 billion) to NCDC. The minister he said this is an intervention fund to assist in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 disease in Nigeria.

Going further, she said that the Lagos state government would receive N10 billion as support from the federal government to combat coronavirus spread in the state.

Also, she said that the country had received a grant of $18.2 million from Japan for strengthening seven NCDC centres across the country.

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Meanwhile, had reported that Atiku Abubakar has urged the federal government to provide palliative package for Nigerians over the coronavirus outbreak.

The former vice president urged the FG to pay N10,000 to all Nigerians to enable them survive the lockdown.

Atiku who asked the FG to find ways to reach Nigerians with the money pledged N50million for the welfare package.

He disclosed this in a statement he posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, March 25.

Below is part of his statement:

"As the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world, I applaud the various Nigerian state governments who have proactively taken measures, such as issuing stay at home orders, and shutting down non-essential markets and other places of mass gatherings, while also giving guidelines for social distancing.

"However, we must accept the fact that much of the Nigerian public have a subsistence existence. A large percentage of our people do not have the financial capacity to withstand long periods of self-isolation and even lockdown. It is, therefore, incumbent on the Federal and state governments to provide palliatives to the Nigerian people to enable them to survive, even as they abide by these necessary measures put in place for their safety.

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"At an approximate 30 million households or thereabouts, the government should devise modalities to distribute N10,000 as a supplement for foodstuff to each household, among other palliative measures, with no one left behind.

"It is thus time for the National Assembly to reconvene in an emergency session, perhaps by teleconference (in line with the demands of social distancing), to legislate a Stimulus Package Act that will cater for all Nigerian citizens.

"I also call on all Mobile Telephony Companies in Nigeria to urgently develop mobile money platforms so that the government can reach the unbanked with financial assistance. I also urge these telecommunications firms to offer each of the 100 million mobile phone lines in Nigeria free credit of at least ₦1500 per mobile line, so that Nigerians who show symptoms, or those who just want information, can call the nearest available health facility, or even an ambulance service, as the case may be."

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