COVID-19 gulps N700m in Nasarawa – Task Force

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By Beauty John, LAFIA

The Nasarawa State Task Force on COVID-19 says that so far, it has expended N700, 638,568.08 only in the fight against the novel Coronavirus in the state.

Hon Ahmed Baba Yahaya, the Deputy Chairman of the committee made this known when the committee appeared before the state House of Assembly Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19 in Lafia, on Tuesday.

Baba-Yahaya, who doubles as the state Commissioner for Health disclosed that the committee has taken proactive steps toward curtailing the virus in the state.

“It may interest you to know that so far the sum of N700, 638,568.08 only has been expended in the fight against the Coronavirus in the state”.

“The committee in the course of the execution of its assignment, took far reaching measures towards the control of the spread of the pandemic in the state.

“The state government has established isolation centres and equipped them with facilities in order to control the spread of the pandemic.

“We have also recorded cases of coronavirus as most of the confirmed cases have been discharged while others are being managed in the Isolation centres in the state, ” he said.

He revealed to the committee that the state government has received cash donations, medical and other equipment from some organizations to fight COVID-19 in the state.

According to him, the Federal Government also donated trucks of rice, palm oil and other condiments as palliative to the state which have been distributed in the state.

Earlier, Hon Abdullahi Angibi, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee said that the committee was set up to monitor the activities of the state Task Force on COVID-19.

“This committee was set up not to witch hunt anybody but to monitor your activities, hence the need for your invitation to brief us on your activities so far, ” he said.

Hon Angibi said the House would do everything humanly possible to support the state government in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Some of the committee members, who spoke during the meeting urged the state Task Force to be more proactive in the area of sensitising the people on the danger of the scourge and enforcement of COVID-19 protocols in the state.

Recall that on on August 24th, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, issued a warning to the state Task Force Committee on COVID-19, following their failure to appear before the House Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19.

The lawmakers threatened to invoke all relevant laws of the Constitution to do the needful if the members of the state Task Force failed to honour its further invitation.

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