COVID-19: NGO says NCDC spent N39.75m to buy SUV

COVID-19: NGO says NCDC spent N39.75m to buy SUV

- A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) known as BudgIT has raised concerns over recent spending by the NCDC

- BudgIT, through one of its platforms CivicHive, said the NCDC purchased a jeep at the cost of N39.75m

- The NGO also raised concerns about recent spending by certain government agencies totalling a sum of N3.03bn

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) known as BudgIT has raised concerns over the purchase of a Prado Jeep by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

BudgIT which usually tracks government spending to aid participatory governance through one of its platforms, CivicHive questioned why the NCDC in Abuja purchased the Prado Jeep at the cost of N39.75m.

COVID-19: NGO says NCDC spent 39.75m to buy SUV

BudgIT said NCDC spent N39.75m to buy a Prado SUV. Photo Credit: NCDC
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The NGO requested to know why the health agency spent that sum of money to purchase the vehicle.

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"What is the use of a Prado Jeep in the middle of a pandemic? @NCDCgov needs to explain to the general public what it was meant for," the NGO questioned.

It also raised concerns over spending by ministry departments and government agencies totalling a sum of N3.03bn on COVID-19 contracts.

Meanwhile, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC has said that the reality of the coronavirus in the country is that the disease will be around for at least one year.

Ihekweazu made this revelation during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 in Abuja on Friday, July 24, The Nation reported.

The NCDC boss stated that it will be best for hospitals in the country to live with the reality instead of driving away patients that are in dire need of medical attention.

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In another news report, Governor Udom Emmanuel has revealed that the Akwa Ibom state government has so far invested over N3 billion in ensuring citizens survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Emmanuel revealed this while addressing Akwa Ibom residents in a citizens’ feedback programme, streamed on both electronic and social media platforms on Saturday, July 25.

According to him, in order to ensure that Akwa Ibomites can access the best health care, three more containers filled with medical equipment and supplies have been acquired and was delivered to the state.

He said his government is ensuring that both suspected and confirmed cases are fed and treated free of charge throughout their stay in the hospital.

He also said all 43 cottage and general hospitals have been provided with basic COVID-19 training and kits to improve the handling of cases before they are transferred to isolation centres.

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