Coronavirus: Buhari releases N10bn to Lagos


Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has released the sum of N10 billion to Lagos for the battle against deadly Coronavirus.

Lagos has 44 of the 65 cases of Coronavirus reported in Nigeria so far.

This is contained in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Thursday, saying, “with regard to the request by the government of Lagos State for financial support to combat and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Lagos and Nigeria, the President has already approved the sum of N10 billion which release was effected within two days of the request.

“The President has also approved and ensured the prompt release of N5 billion special intervention requested by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to equip and expand their facilities and laboratories.”

According to the statement, with developing news around the world and in Nigeria on the Coronavirus pandemic, President Buhari advised all Nigerians to follow to the letter the health guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health and our State Governments.

“Wash your hands thoroughly many times throughout the day. Observe ‘social distancing’ of a minimum of two metres. Do not make unnecessary journeys outside of your homes. Do not attend public meetings or public gatherings – including religious events – which is where, through social contact, the virus can easily be transmitted.

“The Federal Ministry of Health will continue to issue daily updates on all developments. Please refer to public announcements by the Ministry on radio, television, and @Fmohnigeria.’’

The statement said the President has given approval to NCDC’s request for an aircraft from the Presidential Air Fleet for emergency situations, saying he had furthermore authorized the evacuation of three critical members of the NCDC team who are stuck in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo where they went for a training organsied by the World Health Organisation (WHO).