COVID-19: Trump yet to fulfill promise on ventilators, says PTF

The Federal Government says it is still expecting President of the United States , Donald Trump , to fulfil his promise of giving ventilators to Nigeria .
The Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19 said it told the US Embassy that the equipment were still needed in the fight against the pandemic .
Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Mr Boss Mustapha , made this know when the taskforce appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts in Abuja on Monday .
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , had on April 28 , 2020 , quoted the US President as promising to supply ventilators to Nigeria .
On Monday , Mustapha told the House committee that the ventilators had not been delivered to Nigeria .
The SGF said , “Most of the donations from the EU and other donor partners are not coming in form of cash ; they came in form of equipment such as consumables . Even when President Trump spoke to our President , he promised to provide ventilators . We are waiting for the ventilators .
“I have had discussion with the American Ambassador , who wanted to confirm whether we need the ventilators and I told her that we need them , and that even if we don ’t have use for them now , we need them in our hospitals for the future .”
The PTF Chairman also admitted that the Federal Government had yet to pay hazard allowances to frontline health workers , blaming it on the long negotiations among the stakeholders .
Mustapha , while responding to the committee ’s proposal to vire the N 22 bn considered idle in the operations account of the taskforce , stated that the fund was not enough to fight the pandemic.

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