Kwara State has been listed among only five States that have made public the breakdown of funds expended on the fight against COVID-19.
This was disclosed by ‘BudgIT Nigeria’(@BudgITng), a civic organisation devoted to the promotion of transparency and accountability in public finance.
The others listed along with Kwara by the organisation are Oyo, Ondo, Delta, and Kaduna States.
According to the organisation, it had written to state governments across the country about five months ago, but no actions were taken by the affected states.
“Only 5 states have published a breakdown of funds received and spent on COVID-19 response by their governments.
“Its been 5 months since we wrote to other state governments, yet there have been no commensurate actions,” it said vide its twitter handle.
The Herald recalls that as far back as July 3rd, 2020, the Kwara State Government had made public the breakdown of funds received and expended on the pandemic.
While expressing appreciation to all the donors, the government had explained that the funds were expended on such responses as the running cost of the activities of the State technical committee on COVID-19, medical supplies and equipment, palliatives, COVID-related renovation works, security, health workers; allowances and logistics.
“These expenses covered the purchase of military grade Toyota Land Cruiser Ambulances; automated ventilators and several other Intensive Care Unit (ICU) gadgets/equipment; production of hand sanitizers; and the cost of running the activities of the technical committee and its subcommittees.
“The expenses also included the cost of the palliatives that were distributed during the lockdown; renovation of the Sobi Specialist Hospital and the Hajj Camp; mass production of face masks, purchase of surgical masks, digital thermometers, N95 and respirator-sperien 5311, and other Personal Protective Equipment; medical supplies and consumables; security expenses; trainings; allowances for medical personnel and other supportive staff in charge of the pandemic; part-renovation of the Offa General Hospital as an isolation centre; and patients’ management, among others,” the government had informed at the time.