We’ve spent N2.8bn on fighting COVID-19 so far ― Oyo govt

• Says volunteers to get N15,000 hazard allowance effective March

So far, the Oyo State government has spent N2,779,000,000 in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, disclosed while speaking with journalists at governor’s office, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

The breakdown of the expenses shows that N900.5 million was spent to purchase COVID-19 palliatives and seedlings; N370.6 million to upgrade the Infectious Diseases Centre, Olodo; N453.7million on securing borders, security trucks and personnel; N118million in supporting the University College Hospital, Ibadan, to test for COVID-19.

Also shown in the breakdown is N614.7million spent so far testing, kits, consumables; while N321.2million has been expended on buying ambulances.

Ojo further disclosed that N156million has been set aside for volunteers to each receive hazard allowance of N15,000 from June, backdated to March.

He gave the estimate of contributions from well-meaning individuals and institutions, in cash and gift items, as amounting to N1.2billion.

Asked about the donation from the Federal Government, Ojo said the state had assurance from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of getting N100million.

He added that the state also got a donation from CACOVID to the tune of N250million.

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