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Northern Governors Request ‘Special Funds’ from the Federal Government to Fight COVID-19 in the Region

To combat the spreading Coronavirus in Northern Nigeria, governors in the region have called on the Federal Government to release to them, special funds.

This is coming on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of 10 billion Naira for Lagos State to aid the state in fighting the virus. Lagos is the most hit in all of Nigeria, with over 2, 500 cases already recorded.

The Northern Governors Forum virtual meeting, which was presided over by the chairman of the Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, said that, northern states have about 54% of the total COVID-19 cases recorded in the country, hence the need for relief to be given the region.

The statement said, “The governors also maintained their earlier decision to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans which have already been ordered to boost testing of more citizens especially in the rural areas.

“On enforcing closure of inter-state boundary roads, the Northern governors again expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken, including Presidential orders, there are still violations where people move from one State to another through compromise and use of illegal routes.

“The forum resolved to continue their appeal to the Federal Government for support to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, as the Northern region now has about 54 per cent of the national cases and 70 per cent of new infections,” the communique read.

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