From Nduka Chiejina, (Asst. Editor), Abuja
THE Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) paid about N1.77 billion between April and July 2020 for COVID-19-related expenses to various entities.
The daily payment reports in the open treasury portal of the OAGF contained the cash it paid out on daily to individuals and businesses in response to COVID-19.
On April 9, OAGF paid out N9,054,104 to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) as “cash advance granted for public service announcement on availability of PHC services during COVID -19 pandemic”.
On April 23, four payments were made out in connection with COVID-19. The payments were N9million to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Abuja “as transport and communication allowance during the COVID-19 response operation for 30 officers.
Another N7.9million was paid to NCDC as “as transport and Communication Allowances During COVID-19 Response Operation”.
Akinwumi Akintan was paid N7.25million “for recruitment and resumption exercise for new staff; and BLUZAV Global Enterprises Limited was paid N20.463 million for an undisclosed transaction.
N127,010,028 was disbursed on May 3 as COVID- 19 Ward level sensitisation for Community Volunteers in 19 locations to NPHCDA.
Still on the same day, N11.79million was paid to NPHCDA, in two tranches as “STOT highrisk state level training of trainers for cascade to PHC workers and community volunteers for the response to COVID-19 pandemic”.
Another N628.221million was paid to the NPHCDA in 33 tranches for COVID-19- LGA level training of PHC workers on May3.
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) received N5,521,166.51 on May 9, for “sewing of nose masks for staff corps wide”.
Between May 27 and June 4, the OAGF released N13,259,350 to the Nigeria Navy Headquarters Western Naval command for the purchase and installation of 100KVA generator for coronavirus centre at NDL while N5,782,800 was released to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as “payment incurred on the distribution of relief materials for COVID 19 lockdown”.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC got N16,769,656.70 for the supply of hand gloves to National Headquarters, Abuja and another N42,365,448.51 for the supply of hand sanitizer to NHQ.
On June 9, N22,157,400 was released to the Federal Ministry of Justice in two tranches for “meeting on post COVID-19 committee”. Same day, the NPHCDA received N25.671million as “payment for items for COVID-19 outbreak”.
The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President-MDGs ((Millennium Development Goals) was paid N6.575million as “cash advance for the procurement of items to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 in OSSAP SDGs”.
OAGF paid out N698,403,596.27 to NPHCDA on June 22, for different purchases and supplies related to COVID-19. Some of the transactions included N39,329,600.00 for supply and delivery of face mask for LGA Training participants; printing and supply of training manual and flip charts on COVID-19 for community volunteers and PHC workers across the country among others.
The Nigeria Immigration Service received N17,668,290.00 on June 22, for the supply of handheld contactless body temperature thermometer to the SHQ, Abuja. Three days later, the Ministry of Interior received N25,230,000.00 as payment for palliative staff welfare to cushion the effects of COVID 2019.
Federal Fire Service received N40,130,480.00 for the supply of medical and fire-fighting equipment (COVID-19) TO FFS-HQ on July 3.
Federal Medical Center Asaba received N14,100,000.00 for training and capacity building for medical and non-medical personnel on COVID-19 treatment and management on July 12.
The OAGF paid Federal Ministry of Science and Technology N5,601,500.00 to execute “sensitization workshop on effects of the COVID-19 on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and job creation in the six geo-political zones and another N5,000,000.00 for the same workshop on July 24.