Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, says funds donated for the fight against Coronavirus disease will be used for the development of the nation’s healthcare infrastructure.
Mr Mohammed, a member of the presidential taskforce on COVID-19 disclosed this on Tuesday while featuring on Politics Nationwide, a Radio Nigeria programme.
He also said the federal government cannot provide palliatives from the donated funds because the donors are not handing over the funds to the government.
“The private sector donors are not giving any cash to the federal government and they have made this clear to the people,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
“They said they will support the fight against the pandemic by asking government where they want healthcare infrastructure to be provided.
“What government has done is to request them to build a 30-bed isolation ward and a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit in each state in the country.
“In addition, the federal government has given them a list of equipment and commodities that will also be needed
“Therefore, the issue of using their donations to provide palliative cannot arise,” the minister said.