A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, has urged the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 to explain to Nigerians how Covid-19 money released to them was spent.
Last month, the World Bank approved the sum of $114 million to assist Nigeria in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The fund is to help Nigeria prevent, identify and respond to the dangers associated with the coronavirus disease with special focus on the various states and the Federal Capital Territory.
This was disclosed in a statement from the bank on Friday, August 7, 2020.
According to the statement, the funds came in the form of $100 million credit facility from the International Development Association (IDA) and $14 million grant from the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility.
The World Bank Chief also pointed out that the project would finance federal procurements of medical equipment, laboratory tests and medicines to be distributed to the states based on their needs.
It also states that the Federal Government is expected to provide grants from the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project (CoPREP) to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Friday, Dr. Garus Gololo said he supported Femi Falana for taking the PTF to court over the money released to them, and promised to follow him to court “as he is speaking for the masses.”
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari released over N300 billion for Covid-19 for the benefit of Nigerians, but that the PTF could not account for the money in a transparent way to Nigerians.
On thursday, a former Vice President and opposition leader Atiku Abubakar condemned the electricity tariff increase in Nigeria, saying such a decision is ill-advised and wrong-timed.
Gololo reacted and asked the former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, not to deceive Nigerians by kicking against the increment on electricity tariff. Noting it to be a gimmick
According to him, it was during the former vice-president’s administration with Olusegun Obasanjo that NEPA was privatised, even as he alleged that the money was not judiciously used to impact on Nigerians.