Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved N5 Billion naira for Kano State to assist it in its fight against COVID-19.
A reliable source at the ministry of finance confirmed this on Tuesday.
The source further revealed that the president has however instructed the finance minister not to release the money to the state at once.
“What the president did was to ask the minister of finance to release in bits any amount needed for anything after diligently verifying every request for fund from the state. The whole N5 billion would not be released to Kano State at once”, the source said.
Another source at the ministry of health told Judicial Sketch that “Mr. President had instructed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to provide Kano with every needed medical equipment at all the testing facilities as well as the isolation centres.
“It appears that the briefings that the president was given has been that Kano State was already an epicenter in Northern Nigeria, and its cases may escalate beyond the normal if drastic measures are not taken.
“Now, he is convinced that the federal government must step in more decisively, and that is what is being done as I speak to you this morning”, the source said.
There is an unofficial confirmation from the NCDC that Kano State was being prioritized by the federal government to forestall possible explosion of the virus.
It was reported presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, to have said that Kano State did not get monetary support from the federal government earlier because the state government had ab-initio shown more interest in the fund than it did in arresting the spread of the virus.