Battle Against COVID-19: Why Buhari Administration Is Withholding Funding To States

Battle Against COVID-19: Why Buhari Administration Is Withholding Funding To States

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on May 19, 2020
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidency on Thursday, May 7, 2020, explained why the Muhammadu Buhari led government had not been releasing funds to state governments.

It faulted the action of some governors it accused of prioritizing the quest for money over the need to overcome the disease in the state.

Speaking on a radio program monitored in Kano, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said: “The Federal Government-assisted Lagos State with N10 billion for its commitment and only because it was satisfied that the government of Lagos started on the right footing, rolling out proper plans and mobilizing its fund to fight the pandemic.

“Lagos State was only scouting for technical, manpower and facility supports, not financial support.

“The Buhari government felt obliged to lend a financial hand not because it was asked to, but because it was convinced it should.”

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