COVID-19: Northern governors seek special fund from FG
- Coronavirus is no doubt having its toll in the economies of states in the northern region
- And as such, governors in the geopolitical zone have called on the federal government for special funds
- The governors claimed that unlike other states, they are yet to receive financial palliatives to cope with the negative economic effects of the virus
In the wake of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and its harsh economic effects in Nigeria, northern governors in the country have called on the federal government for assistive funds.
The chairman of the northern governors' forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, said that among regions that have received palliatives to cope with the lockdown order, states in the geopolitical region are yet to be given same, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In a statement by Makut Macham, Lalong's director of press and public affairs, on Monday, April 13, the governors stated that the special funds from the Nigerian government will help them to not just brace up for any eventuality, it will assist in the prevention of another outbreak of the disease.
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In the statement, Macham said that that gesture to fight with the virus had claimed large chunks of funds in the region and there are fears that states might go bankrupt if the situation continues.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a large number of Nigerians seemed to be dissatisfied with the efforts of the federal government in handling the spread of the coronavirus infection in the country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria has risen.
Among them are some high profile individuals including a son of a former vice president and the chief of staff to the Nigerian president, Abba Kyari.
The government has imposed a ban on foreign flights and limited movements within the country to stop the rapid spread of the disease.
However, despite the efforts by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus, two recent polls conducted by Legit.ng shows that many Nigerians do not think the government is doing enough.
One of the polls conducted on Facebook showed that while 17% of respondents rated the efforts of the government as excellent, 83% graded the government’s efforts as poor.
Some Nigerians had expressed fear over a scheduled British Airways flight expected to depart Heathrow Airport, London for Lagos on Wednesday, March 25, despite the federal government’s flight ban imposed on high-risk countries over the coronavirus pandemic.
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