COVID-19: FG Spent N169m On Evacuation Of Nigerians – PTF

Ignatius Igwe  
Updated June 9, 2020


The Federal Government has spent N169million on the evacuation of Nigerians returning from overseas.

This was revealed by the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, on Tuesday.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Aliyu said the PTF got N22billion for the effective handling of COVID-19 response in the country.

“At the moment, as far as I know, only N169million was spent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the evacuation of Nigerians, mainly on their accommodation.

“We haven’t spent much because of the need for prudence in the first place. We need to have clear evidence. A lot of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of government are yet to do their quick procurement,” he said.

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Aliyu’s reaction comes 24 hours after the House of Representatives grilled PTF members on COVID-19 over the expenditure of funds allocated and donated for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and the Minister of Health, Professor Osagie Ehanire, were represented by permanent secretaries.

In attendance at the session was the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, and the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu.