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Ganduje appeals to FG for N15bn COVID-19 fund to fight pandemic

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has revealed on Wednesday, April 22; that it has applied for N15b from the Federal Government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Ganduje made this disclosure during a television programme ‘Politics Today’ aired on Channels Television.

He further revealed the state has not received any support from the federal government; in the fight against the pandemic.

Kano’s COVID-19 cases are rising by the day and in just over a week, the cases are close to a hundred.

Ganduje had last week declared a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus within the state.

He explained that the N15b would be expended in paying voluntary health workers engaged by the state to support the health personnel, personal protective equipment (PPE), and the creation of other testing centres.

“You can understand that Kano is the most populated in the country; hence the only testing centre at AKTH is not enough for us,” said Ganduje.

However, reacting to the reported mass death in the state, the governor denied the report.

It was reported that more than 150 persons had died in three days last week but Ganduje said the figure is false.

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, on Wednesday; announced an investigation into the reported death so as to ascertain the actual cause and the number of deaths.

The Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, announced this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja; noting that the task force was waiting for the arrival of its epidemiologists.

However, Ganduje said a survey and investigation conducted by his government at some of the burial grounds discovered that 13 people died not the figure quoted by the media.

Meanwhile, Governors of the 36 States of Nigeria on Wednesday, April 22; “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of a 14 days nationwide lockdown in the country; to mitigate the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

The governors reach the agreement after receiving a briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo, and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus has spread to 25 states in Nigeria and the FCT.

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