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Nigerian govt to spend N296bn on covid-19 vaccination

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said on Wednesday Federal Government would spend N296 billion on COVID-19 vaccination in two years.

The minister, who revealed this to State House journalists toward the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting directed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, added that the supplementary budget being set up by the Federal Government for acquirement of security equipment and COVID-19 vaccinations isn’t ready at this point.

She said the service chiefs would send their request on arms procurement to President Muhammadu Buhari who will in turn forward the request to the ministry.

Ahmed said: “For the military hardware, we have met with the service chiefs and the Chief of Defence Staff. They are supposed to aggregate their request for review amongst themselves and then pass it to Mr. President, who will send the request to us.

“So, we are waiting for the information of the aggregate requirements.

“On the N296 billion for COVID-19 vaccination, Sometime in January, the President, based on the request by the Ministry of Health, gave approval in principle for the Ministry of Health to work with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to prepare and take to the National Assembly a supplementary budget for COVID-19 vaccination.

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