President of the senate in Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan (in blue traditional garb) during a visit to the incomplete isolation centre meant for coronavirus patients.  Photo: Twitter
President of the senate in Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan (in blue traditional garb) during a visit to the incomplete isolation centre meant for coronavirus patients. Photo: Twitter

Nigerian isolation centre for coronavirus still incomplete

By Brenda Masilela Time of article published Mar 5, 2020

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Pretoria - The president of the senate in Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan, has expressed his disappointment that a temporary COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada was still incomplete. 

Lawan visited the site on Wednesday. 

He said he had asked the country’s department of finance to release over R26 million to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assist with combating the virus. 

The first COVID-19 infection was reported in Lagos last week. 

“It is sad that out of the N620 million (over R26 million) earmarked for NCDC, not a kobo has been released to the centre,” Lawan told journalists.

“We want to see this temporary site fixed by [Thursday]; we are going to ensure that the money is released.

“We had ebola, now we have coronavirus, we don’t know what else would happen, we are not praying for anything. But we should be prepared and be ready for any eventuality."

He said no investment of public money was too much if it would save the lives of Nigerians. 

The site had not yet been electrified and had no generators, he said.

“There are two or three air conditioners that were brought this morning because yesterday we said we are coming here. This is unacceptable. As leaders we have to do what is right, so if we said we were not coming, this place wouldn’t have anything.” 

African News Agency

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