COVID-19: Ensure Transparency In Management Of Fund, Lawan Tells PTF


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has prompted the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 drove by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha to guarantee wise utilization of store devoted to battle the pandemic.

He gave the charge on Thursday at a gathering between the authority of the National Assembly and individuals from the PTF.

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Tribune Online reports that prominent residents and corporate associations have made gifts to the COVID-19 records to be domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Senator Lawan prompted the PTF which is the focal body organizing exercises of all offices identified with the control of the pandemic to be extra watchful with the funds by guaranteeing that there were no various records.

He stated: “I accept that we face one basic test today in our battle against COVID-19. We have gifts made by different associations, corporate bodies, etc however it is my real to life conclusion that there is no coordination.

“The Corporate Nigera, as I was told as at yesterday (Wednesday), has assembled N22 billion, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), I was told had 28 million dollars, CBN and the banks, I don’t have the foggiest idea the amount they have. The National Assembly, the clergymen thus numerous people and organizations have likewise made gifts.

“I accept we should have a focal body and not the PTF nor the corporate gatherings ought to get and deal with the assets yet dependent on what the constitution accommodates.

“Where everyone is simply gathering and spending, I figure it will lead us in a terrible shape. At the point when individuals contribute their assets, they need to see such assets appropriately used. They need to see productivity. They need to see straightforwardness. They need to see responsibility and obviously, fidelity in what the assets are utilized for.

“There could be duplication, working across purposes. Toward the day’s end, there will absolutely be wastefulness in the utilization of such assets. In any case, this gathering is going to offer us a chance to examine this and the path forward.”

While expressing gratitude toward the group for its constancy, President of the Senate said the quintessence of the gathering was to get criticism from the PTF and the territory of collaboration and help anticipated from the National Assembly.

He further instructed the Secretary to the Government concerning the Federation to show more than passing enthusiasm for advancement at the states for viable coordination.

“Yet, let me additionally state this is an association. As you work from that side of government, we are to work with you from this side and it will take the two arms, especially the Executive and Legislature, to actualize the sort of endeavors to oversee and control the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

“So I need to recognize you for the work you have been doing. I need to likewise accept this open door to laud the Nigerian clinical work force. They have been doing a considerable amount and obviously laud Nigerians for indicating understanding and supporting the legislature in its push to oversee and control the coronavirus.

“Let me additionally praise the individuals who have made gifts for the legislature to have the assets to address this circumstance and furthermore the individuals who have been imploring in our mosques, in our places of worship for the intercession of the Almighty God.

“I accept that there are sure things that we have to do and this is the correct discussion to air my perspectives about them.

“As a matter of first importance, you should be the overseer of the considerable number of difficulties that we face undoubtedly. On the off chance that any state has a test, I am certain there is a legitimate structure and course for revealing, with the goal that you bring down the circumstance and make the fundamental strides.

“So I need to speak to all Nigerians over the states this is the place we should report our cases to until such when different roads will be plainly stipulated.

“I likewise accept that you will know better what we need, where, most definitely and accordingly, you will be the one to put the solicitation for the Intervention by the Federal Government.”

Executive of the PTF, Boss Mustapha eased the apprehensions of the National Assembly over botch of the reserve as he noticed that the Task Force would not be straightforwardly associated with the assortment and dispensing of the money gifts for COVID-19


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