Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has said he never knew the Nigerian healthcare system was in a very bad bad state until he became Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
During a meeting with the National Assembly where he led other members of the Task Force to brief lawmakers on the what they’ve done so far, Mustapha said the health sector has to be developed, and would not contain Nigerians if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I can tell you for sure, I never knew that our entire healthcare infrastructure was in the state in which it is util I was appointed to do this work,” the SGF said.
Adding that if the healthcare systems of developed countries of the world are stretched despite their good capacity, “then Nigeria needs to improve its own”.
“My prayer is that Nigeria’s situation does not escalate to that extent because the country lacked what is required to handle the situation,” he added.
Mustapha also harped on the need for transparency and accountability in managing the health crisis, revealing that the task force will not be directly responsible for the disbursement of cash donations for COVID-19.
“The accountant-general of the federation has already published the account details for collection through some commercial banks and also provided the modalities for its utilisation,” he said.
“All the main COVID-19 accounts shall be domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). However, all non-cash donations shall be duly received by the PTF, acknowledged, documented and appropriately deployed.”