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PMB approves N15bn for Lagos, NCDC

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of a N10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State to enable it contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

President Buhari said the grant followed an extensive briefings on the danger the pandemic portends.

He said Lagos, which had remained the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria, needed the necessary and urgent support to increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak.

Lagos, the most populated city in the country, has the highest number of infected persons and the state government has continued to take drastic measure to quell the situation.

Kano, a close second in terms of population, though with no confirmed case, has since shut itself in and closed all entry points into the state.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NDDC), was also granted N5billion special intervention fund to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities.

The president directed that the centre recall recently retired workers back into service to boost manpower and further directed all NCDC staff and experts on training or international assignments to return home immediately to deploy their expertise.

The Nigerian Air Force, according to the President, is already conducting an evacuation mission to bring back some Nigerian specialists in Central Africa, to support national response to the pandemic.

As at Friday, Nigeria has comfirmed 65 infections and recorded one death.

Abdallah Bello

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