22 March 2021 by Julian Osamoto
The Federal Ministry of Health says it will partner a Non Governmental Organization, Connected Development, CODE, to ensure transparent tracking of the Covid-19 intervention funds in the country.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Abdulaziz Abdulahi, made the commitment when he received a team of delegates from the Connected Development in his office in Abuja.
Briefing the team on the Federal Government’s efforts at fighting the pandemic, Mr Abdulahi said the Presidential Taskforce through its periodic briefings and recommendations had been able to create much awareness on the virus, preventive measures and donations had also been received from donor agencies, the private sector and individuals.
” From the last report on donations, about 500 billion naira were received, about one point six billion was earmarked for the Health Sector, while bulk of the fund was domiciled with the Presidential Task Force”
” The Federal Government is doing a lot and with the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine, we believe much progress would be recorded, we would assist your organization with relevant information to track the Covid-19 fund for accountability and transparency and also invite you to the financial report presentation of the Covid-19 fund which would be launched soon”.
Earlier, CODE project lead, Dr Onyekachi Onuoha said the purpose of the visit was to introduce to the Ministry a new project titled; Covid-19 Transparency and Accountability Project, CTAP, an initiative of CODE in collaboration with Ministry of Budget, aimed at promoting transparency through tracking of Covid-19 funds across seven Africa Countries, such as Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Kenya amongst others.
” We have conducted a research on the impact of covid-19 and its effects on marginalized communities, using survey we observed a high level of apathy from the citizens and little or no compliance with covid-19 protocols from the public”.
According to, Dr Onuoha, Nigeria and Ghana tops the list in covid-19 transparency and Accountability response among other countries visited so far.
Highlight of the visit was presentation of a policy brief of CODE in partnership with Oxfam to the Ministry.