CORONAVIRUS PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE YET TO BE FUNDED, 4 WEEKS AFTER BILLIONS WAS RAKED IN AND FG PROMISED FUNDING

THE Presidential Task Force on Control of Coronavirus is yet to be funded, it was learnt at the weekend.

The Task Force was set up on March 19 by President Muhammadu Buhari to among other things strengthen the national response Strategy, build awareness among the populace and lay a foundation for scientific and medical research to address all emerging infectious diseases.

The Task Force is headed by the  Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha with Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator.

A source, who confided in our correspondent, said: “The Task Force has been operating barehanded, it is yet to be funded.  There is however hope that some cash might be made available this week.

“Each time we asked for funds, they were always telling us to wait. The Ministry of Finance is yet to make funds available to this important committee.

“Notwithstanding, it is obvious that the Task Force has risen up to COVID-19 challenge without cash backing. We will not relent in doing our best for the country.

questions are already being raised in some circles why FG will refuse to release cash to a time-bound sensitive committee like the PTF despite some of the donors giving cash to dsupport its work, apart from the FG itself giving financial commitment to the Task Force at its inauguration