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Lawan: Abuja not ready to fight Coronavirus


Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday said that the federal capital territory (FCT) is not prepared to fight coronavirus, expressing dissatisfaction over failure of Finance Ministry to release N620m earmarked to fight the deadly virus.

Coronavirus had killed 4,000 people across the globe.

Speaking when he led his colleagues on a tour of the isolation centres at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, on Wednesday, Lawan asked minister of finance, Minister of Finance to immediately release N620 million to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Our correspondent gathered that the Officials of NCDC borrowed money to buy mattresses at temporary isolation center in Abuja because not a dime has been released to the agency.

Lawan said,“First of all, let me say that the representatives of the federal ministry of health, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the management of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital are in high spirits, looking determined to discharge their mandates and obligation.

“But from our inspection here, the temporary isolation centre is really not in good shape, it doesn’t look ready to receive any patient, and I believe that this is something that we need to fix between now and tomorrow.

“We are in an emergency, even if we don’t have people who are affected, we shouldn’t just rest on our oars. We have to do everything and anything possible to fix that temporary isolation centre to be prepared to receive anyone who falls sick in this respect.

“I am sad, we are indeed actually sad, that of the N620 million that was supposed to be released to this place for fixing of everything here to NCDC, not a kobo has been released.

“We are going to get across to the minister of finance and all the other authorities that have anything to do with this to release this money latest between today and tomorrow.”

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