The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has advised the Federal Government to prioritise economic recovery rather than the obtainment of Covid-19 vaccines.
The Federal Government had earlier announced that the nation may spend about $1.4bn to acquire the COVID-19 vaccines and distribute 218,400,000 doses
The Kogi State governor in his statement described the move to “expend N540bn in the purchase of vaccines” as misplacement of priority.
He said, “All these brouhaha coming up about Covid-19 and vaccines, I don’t think we deserve it now. We have a struggling economy that Mr. President inherited, recession, low income, left, right, and centre and Mr. President is doing his best to pull out of the woods,” he said adding, “Those of us charged with the responsibility of advising Mr. President should do that with utmost fear of God Almighty.”
Bello while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday morning, also noted that another lockdown would be destructive to Nigeria’s struggling economy.
He further criticised the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 for importing foreign measures to manage the pandemic in the country, adding that “You can’t do cut and paste on issues like this.”
“From CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) analysis sometimes back, N3.5trn expended so far on Covid-related matters. We don’t need to have gone through that route,” he said. “How did we spend that money? That is unprecedented. We should ask questions on national issues that concern our lives.”