February 3, 2021 at 12:07 am #1947EbereParticipant
Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says Nigeria needs only about N150 billion to procure COVID-19 vaccines.
Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, said in December 2020 that the federal government needs about N400 billion for COVID-19 vaccines.
According to Ehanire, about the sum would be required to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s over 200 million population, at $8 per person.
Commenting on the issue when he featured on ARISE Television on Tuesday, Obi said there are issues of transparency regarding the procurement of vaccines.
The ex-governor said Nigeria would not have needed to spend so much in procuring vaccines if its National Vaccine Production Facility was operational.
“The issue of vaccine is one that I feel a sense of pain. Nigeria as a country in 1940 established what we called National Vaccine Production Facility domiciled in Yaba, and that was able to produce virtually all the vaccines we used in the days of smallpox, yellow fever, and that facility was shut down in 1991 to be refurbished and upgraded, there was nothing wrong with it,” Obi said.
“And till today that has been the case deliberately so that people can import vaccines and sell to the government.
“Now I hear that we are looking for N400bn, well I am at loss, our budget this year for health is N547bn. I don’t know if they are going to take this vaccine procurement from it, because if they do, we are left with N147bn.
“For the vaccine procurement also, we need to have transparency in the procurement. Today, vaccine in India costs between $2 25 cents to $3. That is an average of $2.75 and if you say you are going to use N400 billion that is about $1bn. If you divide $1bn by $2.75cents each, that is about 350 million doses which is far in excess of what we need.
“WHO said if you can inject 70 percent of your population, that’s it. 70 percent of Nigeria is about 140 million so we are actually looking for 140 million doses. Considering that some other people are going to give us some free, we actually don’t need more than 120 million. But even if we’re buying 140 million, we just need about three hundred and eighty-something million dollars which is about N150bn to buy it.
“If they have a N400bn budget to buy the vaccine, my suggestion, they don’t need to award contracts in this vaccine, let them just call Serum institute in India and plead with them. I am sure they will even give us discount. If they want I can go for the negotiation. It won’t cost more than $2 each.”
On Monday, Enahire said the federal government is expecting 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in February.February 3, 2021 at 7:22 am #1979AjibolaParticipant
This way this country release fund to people.without any measure to checkmate the spending is quit irritatingFebruary 4, 2021 at 6:35 am #2027EbereParticipant
That is their way, some amount of money must be diverted to private purse.February 10, 2021 at 10:11 am #2451SolomonParticipant
Why are we spending to waist If we can use 150bn and use the rest for investment it will be betterFebruary 13, 2021 at 9:40 am #2655SolomonParticipant
But even at that we have to do anything to save the life of our peopleFebruary 25, 2021 at 10:29 am #2953TingeParticipant
I trust peter Obi of Anambra state, he is such a wise as I know
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