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Taraba trims 2020 budget, dedicates 12.6% to COVID-19

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Taraba State government has trimmed its 2020 budget from N215,923,576,810 to N176,616,318,475.

This, according to the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Solomon Elisha, was necessitated by the prevailing economic situation caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Citing the sharp decrease in the state’s finances in the first quarter of 2020, he said: “The state has no reason to go beyond the projection of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government.”

Briefing newsmen yesterday on the 2020 budget, the commissioner said that 12.6 per cent of the revised expenditure was dedicated to the fight against COVID-19.

The commissioner, who also disclosed that the revised budget received the blessings of the entire House of Assembly members, said that Governor Darius Ishaku had assented to it.

Meanwhile, Adamawa State has concluded arrangements to pay worthy incentives to health workers handling COVID-19 cases in the state, to ensure that they discharge their professional duties with joy and pay serious attention to patients.

Speaking yesterday in Yola while flagging off the distribution of COVID-19 consumables and other items to the 21 councils in the state, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said the state government’s decision to up reward for the health workers was to appreciate the hardship they were going through in the course of treating patients.

“We will give the health sector and health workers the desired support they need to cage the speedy spread of the deadly pandemic in the state. You cannot move forward if your people are not healthy; so the health of Adamawa people is our greatest concern,” he stated.

Fintiri directed that the 21 councils must establish one functional health facility in each ward, to reduce the crowds in tertiary health facilities and the cost of accessing healthcare.

In his welcome speech, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Abdullahi Isa, said that COVID-19 cases in the state had risen to 178 due to community transmission.

He applauded the donation of the items by the development partners, including United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and National Healthcare Development Agency for providing relief to the health sector in the state.

The Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Suleiman Bashir, said the items donated included ventilators and hands sanitisers.


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