National CSOs query N195b COVID-19 spending shortfall in four states

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs ) has queried the N194 . 89 billion COVID- 19 spending shortfall in Delta , Enugu , Sokoto , and Kaduna states .
According to the CSOs , out of N209 . 61 billion allocated for COVID – 19 related spending in the four states , only N14 . 73 billion was disbursed , leading to a spending shortfall of N194 . 89 billion .
A representative of Follow The Money International , Pearl Utuk , who revealed the findings from a survey championed by BudgIT and other accountability groups in Abuja , yesterday , stated that while an allocation of N50 . 13 billion was earmarked for COVID- 19 related spending in Delta State ’ s 2020 budget , only N4 . 92 billion was expended , creating a shortfall of N41 . 21 billion .
He added : “ In the same light, the Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency , the agency saddled with the responsibility of administering the COVID- 19 vaccine in the state , got zero out of the N 1 . 45 billion allocated to it for capital spending in 2020 according to the 2020 Financial Statement of the Office of the Accountant General of Enugu State .
“ Sokoto received the sum of N1 . 17 billion as COVID- 19 donations from different sources and allocated N525 . 47 million to COVID- 19 related initiatives .

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