…N9.9bn for handwashing, N94bn for youths
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Water Resources, got N9.9bn from the N2.3trillion Covid-19 Intervention Fund to implement the ‘wash programme’, which involves water sanitation and health projects.
These details were revealed by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in response to a Freedom of Information request sent to the ministry by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, (SAN).
This is just as N94bn was disbursed for youth empowerment and job creation.
The document, titled: ‘Re: Request for Information on Utilisation of the Sum of N1.5tn Spent by the Federal Government of Nigeria on Managing the Effect of Covid-19’, was signed by the Director, National Monitoring and Evaluation at the ministry, Dr. Zakari Lawal.
The document showed that in June 2020, the Federal Executive Council, (FEC), approved a N2.3trillion stimulus plan proposed in the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, designed to support the nation’s economy to mitigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
N500bn was to be disbursed to ministries, departments and agencies, while the balance was to be disbursed to the private sector by the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN).
The document showed that out of the N2.3trillion, about N1.9trillion had been disbursed.