Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, said the state government rejected N1.1 billion COVID-19 support fund from the World Bank describing the World Bank’s Memorandum of Understanding for the fund as “a one-sided agreement”
He also admitted that the state government received N1 billion from the Federal Government to tackle the effects of COVID-19 in his state.
While fielding questions on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday, Bello stated that COVID-19 pandemic has a political undertone.
He said, “I rejected the World Bank fund because I do not believe in COVID-19. Even the five cases reported in Kogi State is an NCDC creation"
“Go and check records. Kogi State is the only state that refused to sign that document for N1.1bilion because I don’t believe in COVID. N500million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive and I refused to receive and I rejected it"
“I refused to sign because it is a one-sided agreement"
Bello in response to why he received the COVID-19 fund from the Federal Government and rejected that of World Bank, he said, “Even though we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we are equally affected; because our economy was equally affected and Federal Government released that fund to assist every state and we cannot reject it"
The governor also revealed that his government had been handing out palliatives to residents before COVID-19.
“I did say when COVID-19 came into this country that a few people are going to profiteer and that is what has happened. And I am saying it again that a few individuals are setting certain agenda for 2023. Now, from #EndSARS to hoodlums stealing CACOVID to various youths or people saying IPOB and statements. Various groups are making statements"