COVID-19: States politicising number of cases for grants - Northern Elders Forum

COVID-19: States politicising number of cases for grants - Northern Elders Forum

- Some Nigerian governors are not sincere with the number of coronavirus cases in their states

- This allegation was made by Professor Ango Abdullahi, a top member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF)

- Abdullahi claimed that some state governments inflate the number of cases so as to get grants from the federal government

Professor Ango Abdullahi, the convener of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has claimed that some state governments are inflating their number of coronavirus cases in hope of getting grants from the federal government.

Abdullahi alleged that there are state governors in the country who are playing politics with the spread of the pandemic in order to get financial aids from international donors, The Nigerian Tribune reports.

The professor said that what Nigeria needs especially at a time like this is transparency and professionalism in the fight against the pandemic.

He said: “The forum regrets the appearance of attempts by many state governments to play politics with numbers for what appears to be expectations that more funds from federal government and foreign donors will be allocated to them.

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“It is public knowledge that what the entire nation needs are good policies that protect all Nigerians; equipment and facilities for testing and treatment and resources to support people who will find it hard to stay at home without some palliatives during lockdowns."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign, had picked holes in the distribution of palliatives in Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The group lamented that the process by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Authority failed at ensuring equal distribution, either in the number of items given to each household or in determining the beneficiaries of the palliatives.

“Materials for each ward was handed over to their councillors who failed to communicate with community members on the modalities for sharing or when to begin actual distribution to members.

“After a long wait by community members in their houses and others in open fields, in some wards, the councillors and other distribution officials finally began sharing randomly reducing the content of the packages and prioritizing indigenes. Non-indigenes who are resident in Kuje were reportedly discriminated against.

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"This was because according to the report we have gathered, the distribution officials realized the items were not sufficient for the entire households in their wards,” a statement by the group's co-convener, Samson Nwagwu, revealed.

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