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COVID-19: Why we snubbed Ganduje’s N15b request —Presidency

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The presidency Thursday explained why it shunned Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje’s request for N15 billion intervention to fight the COVID-19.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, who appeared on a Wazobia FM programme, “As E Dey Hot” in Kano, said the federal government needed to be convinced by what it saw on ground in the state before granting such request.

He said the federal government assisted Lagos State with N10 billion because it was satisfied the state government started on the right footing by rolling out proper plans, and mobilized funds to fight the pandemic.

According to him, the Lagos State government scouted for technical manpower and facility supports, not financial support.

Adesina said: “The federal government is moved by what it saw, and say, ah! This state needs help, and then it helped Lagos State.

“Any other state that is also doing its work and is not complaining, and is not saying bring money, bring money, bring money, federal government will do all that necessary to do to assist.

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“Technical support is very important. Lagos State got technical support before it got financial support. Manpower support is very good. Facility support, very good.

“And then, when it comes to financial support, the federal government will always do whatever is necessary to support.”

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