Terrorism: FG approves N5bn for health intervention in Northeast
The Federal Government has earmarked about N5.5 billion for intervention in the critical health sector in the northeast to address the devastation caused by Boko Haram attacks.
Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while yesterday speaking at the opening of the ‘Operationalisation of Saving One Million Lives Programme for the Northeast’ in Maiduguri.
Adewole said the money would be channeled through the task force on the northeast.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying the President has approved the task force, which is a sub-unit of the Presidential Committee on the Northeast, under the direction of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and chaired by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma.
Adewole explained that the task force would address water, environment, health and nutrition issues.
He said: “In six months, we want to restore sanity in the four sectors. I want to tell you that each sector is chaired by a minister.
“I am the chairman of the sub-committee on health and our budget of N4.3 billion has been approved for the Northeast.
“That budget will entail spending about N4 billion on health and nutrition for the sub-region, with emphasis on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, in other words, within the health sector.
“We are committing about N5.5 billion to Borno and the neighbouring states in the Northeast, with respect to the urgency,” noting that the gesture was a pointer to the level of the President’s commitment on the sub-region.