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Health ministry partners Foundation on tracking COVID-19 funds

The Federal Ministry of Health says it will partner a Non Governmental Organization, Connected Development CODE, to ensure transparent tracking of the COVID-19 intervention funds in the country.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Abdulaziz Abdulahi, made the commitment when he received a team of delegates from the Connected Development in his office in Abuja.

Briefing the team on the Federal Government efforts at fighting the pandemic, Mr Abdulahi said the Presidential Taskforce through its periodic briefings and recommendations had been able to create much awareness of the virus, preventive measures and much donations had also been received from donor agencies, private sectors and individuals.

Dr Onuoha the project lead presenting a material to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Abdulaziz Abdulahi

“From the last report on donations, about 500 billion naira were received, about one point six billion was earmarked for the Health Sector, while buck of the fund was domiciled with the Presidential TaskForce” Mr Abdulahi said.

The Permanent Secretary explained that Federal Government is doing alot and with the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine, and much progress have been recorded.

He promised to invite them to the financial report presentation of the COVID-19 fund which would be launched soon.

Earlier, CODE project lead, Dr Onyekachi Onuoha said the purpose of the visit was to introduce to the Ministry a new project titled; COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project CTAP, an initiative of CODE in collaboration with Ministry of Budget, aimed at promoting transparency through tracking of COVID-19 funds across seven Africa Countries, such as Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Kenya amongst others.

“We have conducted a research on the impact of COVID-19 and its effects on marginalized communities, using survey and vox pop, we observed a high level of apathy from the citizens and little or no compliance to COVID-19 protocols from the public”. Dr Onuoha noted.

According to Dr Onuoha, Nigeria and Ghana top the list in COVID-19 transparency and accountability response among other countries visited.

Highlight of the visit was a presentation of a policy brief of CODE in partnership with Oxfam to the Ministry.

Julian Osamoto

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