Covid-19 Funds: Senate President Calls For Better Coordination
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has stressed the need for the members of the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19 to have a better coordination of the donations received from public-spirited individuals, corporate bodies and Institutions to avoid duplications .
The Senate President gave the advice at a meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and members of the Task Force on COVID-19 led by its chairman, Boss Mustapha ,the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF).
Senator Lawan explained that the essence of the meeting was for the Leadership of the National Assembly to engage with the PTF and understand what the Task Force has been doing.
He appealed to all Nigerians across the states to report all cases to the joint task Force until such a time when other avenues will be clearly stipulated.
The Senate President suggested that the donations should go to just one common platform as against multiple accounts.
He said the interaction between the National Assembly and any section of the Executive Arm of government was to ensure good governance.to protect lives and property and , the welfare of the people.
Senator Lawan however commended members of the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19 for their efforts in the management of the outbreak in the country. .
In his remarks, the PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha said for Transparency and Accountability, the Task Force would not be directly involved in the collection and disbursement of the cash donations for COVID-19.
He explained that the Accountant General of the Federation has already published the account details for collection through some commercial banks and also provided the modalities for it’s utilisation,but that , all non-cash donations shall be duly received by the PTF, acknowledged, documented and appropriately deployed.