COVID-19: PDP queries PTF over N5bn grant to NCDC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to immediately account for the N5 billion released by President Muhammadu Buhari, as special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Wednesday stated that its demand was predicated on allegations that the PTF has allegedly shrouded the funds in unnecessary administrative bottlenecks and unwarranted political control, which are impeding the smooth running of activities of the NCDC.

The statement read in part: “PDP is very worried over the recent frightening complains by the NCDC that it was in desperate need of essential COVID-19 extraction kits required to tackle the pandemic and safeguard Nigerians at this critical time.

“This is in addition to the failure by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to urgently mobilise home grown researches into COVID-19 therapeutics, including drugs, equipment and essential kits to combat the spread of the virus in our communities. 

“The PDP therefore demands that the PTF should immediately come clean on the whereabouts of the fund as well as explain why it had failed to heed to calls by Nigerians to engage indigenous researchers, virologist and manufacturers for home grown solutions, particularly in the production of drugs, text kits as well as ventilators, despite the huge resources at its disposal.

“It is hoped that the NCDC intervention fund has not been funneled into the control of an alleged corrupt cabal in the PTF, where it will be difficult for the center to promptly access.

“Our party is concerned that the PTF had not demonstrated the required capacity towards solutions beyond its daily media show, complication of figures and needless photo-ops, while the pandemic continues to spread in our country.”

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