Coronavirus: FG receives medical equipment from UN to fight COVID-19
- The FG has taken delivery of medical equipment from the UN to fight coronavirus in Nigeria
- James Odaudu, the director of public affairs in the Ministry of Aviation, disclosed this in a statement he issued in Abuja
- Senator Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, took delivery of the equipment on behalf of PTF on COVID-19
The federal government has taken delivery of the various medical equipment donated by the UN to aid Nigeria’s efforts at combating coronavirus scourge in the country.
Legit.ng reports that James Odaudu, the director, public affairs, Ministry of Aviation, who made this known in a statement issued in Abuja, said Senator Hadi Sirika took delivery of the equipment on Tuesday, April 14, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
He said the aviation minister took delivery of the equipment on behalf of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The minister expressed the appreciation of the Nigerian government to the UN and Allied Air Cargo for transporting the equipment free of charge to Abuja.
Sirika said the equipment, which included, among other things, 50 ventilators, would go a long way in boosting the nation’s capacity to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service tested negative twice to the COVID-19 infection following two-weeks of self-isolation.
It was reported that Sunday James, the service public relations officer, made the pleasant disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, April 14, in Abuja.
The Immigration boss Babandende tested positive to COVID-19 on March 29, and had been on self-isolation since he returned from the United Kingdom.
James said the news of Babandede testing negative twice after self-isolation came with great relief and thanks to God.
In another report, the chairman Senate committee on the army, Senator Muhammadu Ali Ndume, has called for the disbandment of the presidential committee on the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives.
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Ndume, a former Senate leader, representing Borno South senatorial district, alleged that the distribution exercise is fraudulent.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) senator made the allegation while addressing journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday, April 14.
He said the data generated for the Social Investment Program (SIP) register, on the basis of which the palliatives were being distributed, did not reflect the reality of the poverty level in the country.
The senator said most of those benefitting from the palliatives do not deserve them, and states which deserve them most get little or nothing.
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