The Coordinator of Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Aminu Magashi on Thursday in Abuja, while speaking on Nigeria COVID-19 strategic preparedness and response programme, with the theme: ‘To enhance accountability and transparency’ called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to ensure accountability for the US$114.28 million World Bank credit and grant given to Nigeria for its COVID-19 preparedness and strategic response programme.
According to the coordinator, “The funds have been allocated to intervene in emergency COVID-19 response by allotting US$14.28 million for federal support and procurement for COVID-19 emergency preparedness and response.
“US$90.00 million was allocated for Direct Support to States for COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response, while US$10.00 million was dedicated to the management, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.
“The US$10.00 million includes US$5.00 million for project management and coordination and US$5.00 million for monitoring and evaluation,” he said.
Magashi noted that the disbursement of the funds began in 2021 with Nigeria receiving US$70.00 million as the first tranche, adding that the country would then access US$42 million in 2022 and US$2.28 million in 2023.
He recalled that the objectives of the strategic preparedness and response programme were to prevent, detect and respond to the threats posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness.
Others are to prevent, detect, and respond to the threats posed by COVID-19 at the state level; and to strengthen public health systems’ preparedness and maintain essential health and nutrition services.
Magashi added that the AHBN was providing technical support to country-level accountability mechanisms such as the COVID-19 Finances Accountability Working Group in Nigeria, to ensure transparency in the implementation of the World Bank project.