- Nigerians seem to be divided on how the government should spend the funds donated by the private sector towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic
- Some Nigerians have urged the government to use the funds in building hospitals
- Others with a different point of view suggested that the funds be shared among Nigerians
Nigerians seem to be divided on how the federal government should spend the funds donated by some billionaires and the private sector towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
While some Nigerians have urged the government to use the funds in building hospitals, others have suggested that the funds be shared among Nigerians.
The diverse opinions were given by respondents when responding to questions asked in two polls conducted by Legit.ng.
In one of the polls on Twitter, 53.2% of respondents favoured the option of the funds being used to build hospitals. However, 37% of the respondents called for the funds to be shared among Nigerians, while 3.4% voted for the funds to be used for other commitments.
In the Facebook poll which was yet to be concluded at the time of writing this article, 53% of respondents voted for the funds to be shared among Nigerians, while 47% supported that the funds be used in building hospitals.
Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, tourism and culture, has disclosed that the federal government has not received any money from private donors over coronavirus.
The minister made the disclosure on Friday, April 3, in Abuja during the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19, NAN reports.
Lai said the only money the presidential task force on coronavirus received is the one given by the government.
Lai-Mohammed also berated those criticising those people calling for the task force to be replaced by eminent Nigerians. According to the minister, such call is ill-timed considering the sad reality of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
He further added that the Nigeria Economy Group-led private sector has said it is not going to give a penny to the task force and that it will only raise the money and provide the needs of the presidential task force group.
The minister also said that the government is on red alert as more cases of COVID-19 are expected in the coming days.
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