FG MIGHT NOT GIVE KANO N15bn DUE TO ITS INABILITY TO JUSTIFY ITS DEMAND – FEMI FALANA
The Federal Government might not succumb to the demand of N15bn by Kano State Government to manage rising cases of COVID-19 due to its inability to justify the request.
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina disclosed this on Friday, May 8, during a talk session via telephone on Wazobia FM, Kano, morning show “As E Dey Hot”.
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, requested the financial support of N15 billion from President Muhammadu Buhari to muzzle human, material, and technical strength required to curtail the pandemic.
Adesina during his telephone conversion emphasized that special support to states battling COVID-19 was considered based on initial but satisfied efforts of states. He added that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to support any state that strives tremendously to curb the spread of the disease.
However, Ganduje, while trying to make the Federal Government see reasons why it should show more interest in supporting his state, cited proportional similarities Kano shared with Lagos, such as population, commercial base, and heterogeneity.
But Adesina, who dishonoured the proof of comparison said that Lagos earned government’s N10 billion intervention because of the massive and unrelenting effort Lagos state has been putting into fighting against the virus compared to that of Kano state.
Meanwhile, the former Commissioner for Works Kano state, Magaji Mua’zu, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Recall, Magaji Mua’zu was sacked by Ganduje for celebrating the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari on his social media page.
Mua’zu confirmed his status yesterday on his social media page where he announced his relocation to one of the state’s isolation facilities.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Thursday, May 7, Kano has recorded 427 confirmed cases of Coronavirus with 13 deaths and 6 recoveries.