- The spate of donations and interventions to tackle the current coronavirus pandemic have been encouraging
- A leading non-governmental organisation has activated its foot-soldiers nationwide to ensure the monies donated are properly utilised
- The organisation vowed that it will hold the ministry of finance, ministry of health and the NCDC to transparency standards
A leading non-governmental organization, Connected Development (CODE) has launched a nationwide citizens' online campaign to track cash donations made to the federal government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
The move was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, March 31 and signed by the founder of the organisation, Hamzat Lawal.
Lawal said CODE will hold the ministry of finance, ministry of health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to transparency standards.
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He noted that trust in Nigerian public institutions has recently been measured by lack of transparency, poor accountability and poor communication.
While commending donations by well-meaning Nigerians and organisations, Lawal noted that although donations have risen to N44 billion, there is no clarity from the ministry of finance and the ministry of health on proper collation and disbursement.
“Nigerians must be given comprehensive data of interventions, recipient organisations of this fund and how judiciously they are being expended.
“Now is the time for the government ministries to champion a culture of transparency, consistency and high-quality communications,” he stated.
President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed in his COVID-19 speech that “all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending.”
One of the latest donations is by Bishop David Oyedepo, one of Nigeria's most influential religious leaders.
Oyedepo donated medical equipment and relief materials to Lagos and Ogun states to aide the fight against coronavirus.
The revered Bishop donated two state-of-the-art ambulances, 20 cartons of latex hand gloves, 10 cartons of disposable face masks, 40 pieces of infrared thermometers, 500 pieces of personal protective equipment, Hazmat suit, two boxes of pulse oximeters and two cartons of blood pressure monitor.
He also donated 400 bags of rice, 150 bags of beans, 400 bags of garri, 500 gallons of vegetable oil, among other items.
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