COVID-19: Reps demand details of FG’s donations to States, NCDC

The House of Representatives on Wednesday demanded from the Accountant-General of the federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, the details of all the funds donated by the Federal Government of Nigeria to the states of the federation, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the relevant ministries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country.

The House Committee on Public Accounts Chaired by Hon. Busayo Oluwole Oke made the demand when the AGF appeared before the Committee investigating the financial status of the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

The Committee also resolved to write formally to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, demanding all the details of all the lodgements and disbursement of COVID-19 pandemic funds by the Federal Government.

The Committee had queried the AGF on the total amount so far released by the Federal Government to the states, the NCDC, the Ministry of Health and other agencies of government in the forefront of the fight against the disease.

The lawmakers further asked the AGF to provide the details of how much funds he had transferred to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 PTF and to provide the details of N22.1 billion so far donated by public-spirited individuals and organisations to the government.

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The AGF, however, told the lawmakers that the Federal Government opened a special account at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) where the donations were lodged and that the CBN would later provide the documents requested.

According to him, “There was a special account we opened with the CBN and that was what we borrowed from to meet the needs of this emergency.”

He also told the lawmaker that there was a total donation of N139,439,544.38 received by the Federal Government from the donations by the 109 Senators and 360 members of the House adding that another N300 million came from a philanthropist from Kano State.

The Committee Chairman and members, however, insisted that the details of the donations be made available to the members at the next sitting date on Monday, June 15, 2020.

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