Despite having a zero record of the Coronavirus pandemic in Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano has requested from the Federal Government the sum of N1bn to be used in ensuring that the global epidemic is barred from having its way into the state.
Obiano in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, noted that the money was necessary for the state as an effort to restrain the disease from its citizens.
He further hinted that the state has already opened a special account to accept donations that will aid in preventing coronavirus from spreading into the state.
He, however, charged the Federal Government to help the state with the sum of N1bn which would be used to sustain the COVID-19 zero record due to the strategic nature of the state in commerce and industry.
The statement reads: “Governor Obiano, therefore, considers it imperative that the Federal Government provides at least N1bn to Anambra, which is at risk in view of the multitude of people in its numerous markets and the peripatetic nature of the people who have been helping in the rapid development of all parts of Nigeria.”
“Besides, we have as many as 63 major markets in the state, including the Onitsha main market, which is the largest market in West Africa.”
“The markets are always full of millions of people from different countries in West and Central Africa, thereby making our people vulnerable to contagion.
“The Anambra State Government would like to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a special account to assist ndi Anambra grapple with the grave challenges of the coronavirus.”
“Known as the Anambra State COVID- 19 account, it is in response to various inquiries from people of Anambra State origin in different parts of Nigeria and beyond who have been seeking ways to assist their people since the viral disease outbreak.”
“The account, which was domiciled in a new generation bank, would be administered by Obiano as the Chairman of Anambra COVID-19 Task Force, to ensure absolute transparency and accountability,” said Adinuba.
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